Each year, trucking companies and professional truck drivers donate their tractor-trailers and time to deliver thousands of wreaths to the nation’s military cemeteries on behalf of Wreaths Across America. Today, Aug. 23 at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, WAA and the Truckload Carriers Association announced a new partnership to honor America’s fallen heroes.
Each year, the nonprofit WAA has its annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and nearly 800 veteran locations across the country and overseas. Last year, the organization marked its 20th year making the trip to Arlington with the placement of nearly 90,000 remembrance wreaths. In 2012, one of its goals is to place a wreath on each of the 225,000 headstones at the cemetery.
This fall, TCA will work with WAA to dispatch drivers and coordinate the logistics of wreath delivery across the country. The organization has also launched a new website, where donations can be made to underwrite the cost of placing a wreath on every headstone at Arlington. Individuals and companies can easily add their own pages to the main site, each with specific fund-raising goals and unique URLs that can be sent to friends, family, and coworkers via email and social media channels.
“Truckload carriers and their drivers are proud of their role in keeping the nation up and running, but delivering these wreaths is special to us,” said Chris Burruss, TCA president and United States Marine Corps veteran. “This program has given us the chance to express our gratitude to the men and women who defend this nation, and we want to do everything we can to ensure its continued success.”
Burruss went on to say: “A special thanks is due to Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information and Pilot Flying J for kick-starting the fundraising with pledges to raise $50,000 and $100,000, respectively. We encourage every carrier, supplier, driver and individual employee to do his or her part as well. Log into www.TruckloadofRespect.com and support our nation’s heroes.”
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