The kindness of truckers and the trucking community will be on full display on Saturday, December 15, during Wreaths Across America Day 2018.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) expects more than 1.8 million wreaths to be placed on the headstones of America’s Veterans in more than 1,640 cemeteries nationwide during their upcoming WAA Day this Saturday. The epicenter of the entire patriotic spectacle is Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where truckers will deliver 68 truckloads of wreaths.
People from all over the U.S. will travel to Arlington to attend the annual event honoring our Veterans, those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It has become one of the most treasured national days for veterans and proud Americans.
Many of the family members of those who served will solemnly place a wreath on the headstones of the fallen while reverently speaking their name out loud.
However, this remarkable display of love and honor on such a grand scale would not be possible without the generosity of truckers and the trucking community. “It just wouldn’t happen,” Rob Worcester, WAA Transportation & Logistics Coordinator, told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) in a recent interview featured in the latest episode of TNN’s original series show Truckerville.
“The cost of doing this and actually paying to have these wreaths moved would be prohibitive. It just wouldn’t work,” Worcester said. This year WAA tells TNN that approximately 265 trucking companies will be participating and truckers will deliver more than 450 loads of wreaths to cemeteries across the country.
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 our veterans, while also teaching future generations the importance of doing the same.
Founder and C.E.O. of Load One, John Elliott, says 2018 marks ten years his company has partnered with and supported WAA. “Honoring and remembering those who sacrificed so much for our country and to protect our freedoms is an honor,” he told TNN.