This year Wreaths Across America plans to have a record breaking number of wreaths donated.
TravelCenters of America LLC will be participating in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony.
Working through the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) coordination of wreath deliveries, a driver and truck from Over The Road Distribution, TA’s in-house distribution group will be among the many to participate in the pick-up and delivery of wreaths from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Dec. 12.
“The trucking companies and drivers who dedicate their time to delivering the wreaths are the true heroes of Wreaths Across America and we are honored to have one of our trucks and drivers play such an important role in this event,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. “We honor our veterans throughout the year during many holidays, but the Christmas season is one of the most important times to remember and show respect to the men and women who served our country.”
Along the route to Arlington, trucks carrying wreaths, escort vehicles and veterans invited by Wreaths Across America will stop at the Petro Stopping Centers location in Bordentown, N.J., on Dec. 9. The drivers and vets will be served dinner at the Iron Skillet, and spread the WAA message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes and honoring those who served.
More than 25,000 volunteers are expected to help place the projected 900,000 to one million veteran wreaths at Arlington on Dec. 12, once they are delivered. This is the most wreaths ever donated.
TCA has been coordinating the nationwide effort of organizing professional truck driver and motor carrier donations of trucks, time and fuel for the WAA annual event since 2012. The Wreaths Across American organization is a not-for-profit charity that delivers remembrance wreaths to military cemeteries all over the country. These activities are made possible by volunteers who help raise funds to sponsor the wreaths and participate in the event.