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On December 13, 2014 Tonya Todd, photographer and Communications Manager for Interstate Distributor met up with two Interstate drivers, a husband and wife team, at their final destination, Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC, to participate in Wreaths Across America, an annual tradition to honor our fallen soldiers. Wreaths Across America has a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach and this year more than 50,000 volunteers helped lay 230,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery where the tradition started. Since its founding in 1992, Wreaths Across American has expanded to include events at veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 states and 26 international locations.
The teams had spanned the US to participate in Wreaths Across America, an annual tradition to honor our fallen soldiers.
The trucks were specially designed by Kenworth for the occasion, gathering lots of attention as they traveled across the country.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to represent those military dependents who are unable to place wreaths at the resting place of their loved ones themselves,” said Patricia Erwin, one of the drivers who made the cross-country trek.
“I’m so honored for us to represent Interstate,” said Donna Fogt, “This opportunity is a dream come true.” Fogt served six years in the Army.
Keep an eye out for Interstate’s Wreaths Across America trucks, which will be seen in service throughout the year.
Trucking plays an essential role in WAA’s annual wreath-laying event. Every year, professional truck drivers donate their time and motor carriers donate trucks and fuel to deliver the wreaths. Sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), eighty trucking companies, Including Interstate, volunteered their services.
More than 50,000 volunteers helped lay 230,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery where the Wreaths Across America tradition started.
Saltchuk VP of Government Affairs, Chris Coakley and his two sons, Beck and Gus met up with the team in DC to help distribute wreaths.
Since its founding in 1992, Wreaths Across American has expanded to include events at veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 states and 26 international locations.
The annual tradition to honor fallen soldiers has grown each year, it is made possible through donations by private individuals, corporations and through the support of trucking companies and drivers who volunteer their time.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Tonya Todd, Interstate’s communications director who traveled to DC to photograph the experience. “We’re already making plans for next year.”
The tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by volunteer Tomb Guard Sentinels. This time of year the guard is changed every hour, on the hour in an elaborate ceremony.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families whose passing date back to the Civil War. On December 13, 2014, more than 230,000 graves received a holiday wreath in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
For more information on the Wreath’s Across America program, please visit their website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
Read the full interview with Tonya Todd about her trip to Washington DC here
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Posted by intd on December 23, 2014 | Categories: News.