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Trucking Industry delivers wreaths across the U.S. to honor soldiers
Elisabeth Barna
Almost 100,000 wreaths were delivered in 20 tractor-trailers from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., for 20th annual Wreaths Across America, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
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Almost 100,000 wreaths were delivered in 20 tractor-trailers from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., for 20th annual Wreaths Across America, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

Earlier this month 88 trucks left Harrington, Maine carrying special deliveries of handmade wreaths as a part of Wreaths Across America. They traveled across the nation to honor our fallen soldiers and assure that they are remembered during this holiday season.

Volunteers met the wreath-filled trucks to participate in ceremonies and help lay over 325,000 wreaths. 43 trucking companies volunteered to deliver the wreaths to 740 state and national cemeteries.

The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Share the Road truck, along with trucks from Scott Harris, Hartt Transportation, Oakhurst Dairy, Pottles Transportation, Schneider National, Walmart Transportation, and Witte Bros. Exchange, were part of a special convoy that arrived in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to help deliver over 90,000 wreaths. An additional 12 truckloads of wreaths left Bangor, Maine on Thursday and delivered to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution, authored and introduced by Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins that designated Saturday, December 10th as “Wreaths Across America Day.”

ATA member Barry Pottle (Pottles Transportation), who received the Founders Award from Wreaths Across America last year because of the significant advances he has made in the logistics of the operation and for involving the trucking industry in Wreaths Across America, once again organized the transportation routes this year.

ATA Share the Road professional drivers Jerry Charron, a professional driver from Con-way Freight with over 1.7 million accident-free miles, and Eddie Hosegood, a professional driver from Publix Super Markets with over 1.9 million accident-free miles, joined the convoy to Arlington Cemetery and drove the ATA Share the Road truck.

“It is an honor to be part of the convoy honoring our fallen soldiers,” said Charron. “I was touched with how many professional truck drivers and trucking companies joined together, as well as all the volunteers, to make Wreaths Across America such an important part of our holidays,” he added.

America’s Road Team Captain Frank Silio, a professional driver from Covenant Transport, with over 1.8 million accident-free miles, delivered to cemeteries in Florida.

Pictures can be found on the ATA Share the Road Facebook page and the ATA Good stuff. Trucks Bring It Facebook page.

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