Truckers to Deliver 2.3 MILLION Wreaths in Record-Setting Tribute to America’s Veterans
Arlington, VA — Truckers are set to deliver a record-setting number of “remembrance wreaths” in a tribute to America’s veterans happening this weekend.
In what has become one of the most treasured national events for veterans and patriotic Americans, Wreaths Across America (WAA) Day will be held on Saturday, December 18.
Thousands of Americans from across the nation will gather at more than 3,000 cemeteries to solemnly place a “remembrance wreath” on the headstones of our country’s heroes while reverently speaking their name out loud.
The awesome display of gratitude began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Company and founder of WAA, found himself with a surplus of wreaths for the holidays.
He made arrangements to travel to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, where he, along with a group of volunteers, placed the unsold wreaths decorated with traditional red, hand-tied bows on the headstones in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.
The tradition has continued through the years as the epicenter of the entire patriotic spectacle remains Arlington.
However, in 2021, WAA will provide a record-setting 2.3 million wreaths to be placed at 3,114 cemeteries across 50 states.
This display of love and honor on such a grand scale would not be possible without the generosity of truckers and the trucking community.
Trucking companies donate tractors, trailers, personnel, logistics expertise, fuel and many hours to help accomplish the mission which WAA says is to remember and honor the fallen, while also teaching future generations the importance of doing the same.
“Since wreaths were first placed at Arlington National Cemetery 30 years ago, the trucking industry has been a driving force behind our mission,” Karen Worcester, executive director of WAA, told Transportation Nation Network (TNN). “Its drivers and operators fulfill an essential role in sharing the stories of character and service we hope to teach to the country.”
Approximately 1,000 truckers and more than 250 trucking companies will provide logistics services this year in a remarkable feat to safely deliver close to 600 truckloads of wreaths.
“This long-standing partnership will no doubt help to shape and inform the next generation of patriots,” Worcester said.
Truckers who wish to get involved or learn more are encouraged to visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/Trucking.