December 14th is National Wreaths Across America Day.
A day where Wreaths Across America volunteers lay veterans’ remembrance wreaths at more than 900 locations nationally and more than 20 overseas, most notably at Arlington National Cemetery.
This is the first year the organization got truck drivers involved.
Caitlin Burchill explains.
The trucking industry is essential in transporting wreaths for National Wreaths Across America Day.
“We never pay for a wreath to be delivered anywhere in the United States, anywhere, and it’s all because of the trucking industry,” said Morrill Worcester, Founder of Wreaths Across America.
So this year. they decided to give back and get truck drivers involved on December 14th.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) distributed free wreaths Sunday to truck drivers at Dysart’s in Hermon.
“All we’re asking is that they take that wreath off their truck wherever they are in the country and place that wreath on a veteran’s grave….We want to have wreaths on their trucks to create awareness for the veterans and for our programs. We just want to give back to them on what they’ve done,” said Worcester.
They were even able to spread the message outside of the United States. They put a wreath on a Canadian truck.
One longtime Wreaths Across America volunteer got the hang of of putting wreaths on trucks pretty quickly, “I burned my finger on one that was going over there on the other side, so that wasn’t so hot, so as long as they have that little space between their grill it’s easy just to get it on their and zip it tight,” said Janet Driensky, a squadron commander for Machias Civil Air Patrol, who has partnered with WAA for years.
She was able to convince many drivers to add some green to their grill.
“It great. We’ve had a few that have turned us down, but we found that if we tell them it’s a veterans wreath, not a Christmas wreath, because really it’s about remembering the veterans, that it’s pretty neat to see the look in their eye that they’re actually going to carry a bit of that with them on their trip,” said Driensky.
“Pretty proud they put the wreath on the front of my truck. Being a veteran, it’s a great thing that they do every year, and I’m probably going to take it home and put it somewhere on our local cemetery,” said George George, a Dysarts truck driver from Stockton Springs.
“It means a lot to us and I think it’s going to mean a lot to a lot of people. When you see that truck going down the highway, you know it’s destined for a veterans grave…it creates awareness for what the military has done for all of us,” said Worcester.