Trucking Makes Wreaths Across America Possible.The Road by C.H. Robinson
Many veterans choose a career in trucking after leaving the military. They understand hard work, attention to detail, and long days away from home. Perhaps that’s why so many trucking companies participate in Wreaths Across America. Every year, thousands of volunteers remember fallen U.S. veterans by placing wreaths at veteran graves in over 1,200 participating locations across the country. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has placed over three million wreaths on the graves of military veterans in all 50 states. And we couldn’t do it without help from more than 190 trucking partners—including C.H. Robinson.
The annual wreath-laying ceremony occurs on the second or third Saturday of December, primarily in the United States, but it has extended to 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil, too. You can read our organization’s full story on our website, but here’s the basic background. What started as one man’s tribute at Arlington National Cemetery went viral in 2005, and it quickly grew into a much larger memorial.
That photo spurred people’s interests and brought in inquiries and volunteers from people who wanted to help us honor those who served our country. Today, we have over 800,000 volunteers nationwide to help make the tribute possible—including our trucking partners.
It is truly an amazing experience to watch people—strangers, really—come together for the sole purpose of remembering the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. It shows how much people appreciate those who served our country.
Without the transportation industry, the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach wouldn’t be possible. The donated time, trucks, trailers, and committed drivers make the mission a reality, year after year. While we know the holidays can be the busiest time of the year for many of these companies—especially those that typically haul for retailers—they still find time to contribute to our wonderful initiative. It is a truly selfless act from some of the most patriotic people you will ever meet. The many trucking companies, organizations, and individuals who contribute amaze and humble me each and every year.
Whether you’d like to donate money, your time, your services, or simply learn more about our organization, please visit our website. If you’re not sure if your organization is already involved, here is the list of trucking companies that currently help us transport wreaths. And finally, if you or your company is already involved, thank you. I can’t say it enough. Thank you.
Best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and the happiest holiday season.