Truckers help deliver 2.4 million wreaths to veterans' cemeteries

Updated Dec 25, 2021
J&M Tank Lines truck at Arlington National Cemetery
J&M Tank Lines was one of 390 carriers to deliver wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day. One of their trucks is shown here at Arlington National Cemetery.
Andrew Petrofsky, J&M Tank Lines

National Wreaths Across America Day took place Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3,136 participating veterans' cemeteries across the country.

America's heroes were remembered as each name was said aloud and honored as more than 525 truckloads of wreaths were delivered by 390 different carriers. More than two million volunteers, a third of whom were children, helped placed more than 2.4 million veterans' wreaths on headstones across the country.

At Arlington National Cemetery specifically, the Wreaths Across America program saw 66 tractor-trailers deliver more than 250,000 veterans' wreaths that were placed by nearly 38,000 volunteers.

Wreaths Across America convoyThe Wreaths Across America convoy traveled from Maine to Washington, D.C., from Dec. 11-18, stopping in communities along the way.Wreaths Across America StaffThis was the 30th year that veterans' wreaths have been placed there, a tradition started by Maine wreathmaker Morrill Worcester as a gift of thanks. As he has each December since 1992, Worcester himself again made the trek to Arlington this year to place wreaths.

"When I brought down those 5,000 wreaths that first year, I just thought it was a way for me to say thank you, for what we have in this country," said Worcester, Founder of Wreaths Across America. "I could have never imagined it would strike a chord like it has and make such an impact. Me and my family continue to be humbled by the support this program receives across the country."

Wreaths Across America offered thanks to the communities, volunteers, sponsors, truck drivers, local officials, and more for their roles in this year’s event.

Wreaths Across America convoy with American flagCommunities between Maine and Washington, D.C., welcomed the convoy as the trucks made their way to Arlington National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America Day.Wreaths Across America StaffEach live balsam wreath was a gift of respect and appreciation, sponsored by an individual or organization and placed on a headstone by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy.

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Wreaths Across America believes the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active-duty military, and their families. When each wreath is placed, the servicemember's name is said out loud, ensuring their memory lives on.

Next year's National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.

Wreaths Across America convoy in Washington, D.C.The Wreaths Across America convoy arrived in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Dec. 17.Wreaths Across America Staff

Gully Transportation Wreaths Across America truckGully Transportation was one of 390 carriers to participate in the Wreaths Across America event.Wreaths Across America Staff

Truck at Wreaths Across America Arlington eventTrucks delivered 250,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery alone, with more than 38,000 volunteers laying them throughout event.Wreaths Across America Staff