Truckers to Deliver Record-Setting 2 MILLION Wreaths to Honor America’s Veterans
Arlington, VA – The kindness and power of the trucking community will be on full display this week as truckers are expected to deliver a record setting number of wreaths to honor America’s military veterans as part of the annual National Wreaths Across America Day.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 with the mission to remember and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, while also teaching future generations the importance of doing the same.
Each year the group hosts National WAA Day in which hundreds of thousands of people from all over the U.S. travel to Arlington National Cemetery, along with thousands of other military cemeteries, to solemnly place a “remembrance wreath” on the headstones of the fallen while reverently speaking their name out loud.
It has become one of the most treasured national days for veterans and patriotic Americans.
In 2018, nearly 1.8 million remembrance wreaths were placed in total across the country.
The WAA mission even advanced overseas with the first placement of 9,387 remembrance wreaths at Normandy-American Cemetery in France.
This year’s National WAA Day is being held on Saturday, December 14 and is expected to shatter many previous records, WAA tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN).
Amber Caron, Director of Communications with WAA, says more than 3 million volunteers are working right now to make it all happen.
The group also expects more than 100,000 people to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday as part of the patriotic spectacle.
However, WAA officials are quick to point out that such a demonstration of appreciation simply wouldn’t be possible without the remarkable contributions made by those in the trucking community.
Debbie Sparks, Director of Transportation with WAA, says truckers are critically important to the cause.
“The trucking industry drives this,” Sparks declared to TNN. “It could not happen without the generosity of the trucking industry.”
Approximately 1,000 truckers and 250 trucking companies will volunteer tractors, trailers, personnel, logistics expertise, fuel and many hours, in order to serve America’s veterans and their families during this year’s National WAA Day.
Truckers will haul and deliver 550 truckloads containing a record-setting 2.2 million wreaths to 2,158 locations in all 50 states, Caron tells TNN.
A total of 67 truckloads containing 254,000 wreaths will be delivered to Arlington National Cemetery which serves as the epicenter of the day’s events.
Truckers Get It Done
This massive logistical endeavor comes with many challenges.
However, despite the complexity of an operation this large, Sparks credits the trucking community with always finding a way to successfully accomplish the goal.
“They don’t stop until it gets done,” she remarked.
WAA’s need for volunteer drivers and trucking companies continues to grow at a rapid pace.
In fact, according to Sparks, WAA projects its transportation and logistics requirements are expected to double in the next few years.
“There is going to be a really serious look at how to do this in the next two to three years,” she stated.
Still, Sparks is confident the trucking industry will step up to meet the daunting demand.
“What I’ve seen is what few people know about the trucking industry and that’s their tenacity,” she commented. “The kindness that is extended to all of us on WAA’s staff is overwhelming.”
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Many Ways To Help WAA
Truckers who wish to get involved or learn more are encouraged to visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/Trucking.
The public is invited to attend any of the wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veteran cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.
If you would like to sponsor a remembrance wreath to be placed on the headstone of a local veteran, you can do so for only $15.
Click HERE to learn more.
Volunteers can sign up as a fundraising group and help place wreaths at a local or national cemetery of your choice while raising funds for your own group or program.
You can also volunteer to coordinate a new location in your state to participate in the national remembrance ceremony.