Trucking Delivers Wreaths Across America

Dec 19, 2012, 11:36 ET from American Trucking Associations

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last week 126 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 610,000 wreaths. 67 trucking companies volunteered to deliver the wreaths to 800 veterans' cemeteries. (A list of trucking companies is included.)

The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Share the Road truck, along with trucks from Scott Harris, Hartt Transportation, Maine Motor Truck Association, Pottles Transportation, Prime, Inc., Walmart Transportation, and Witte Bros. Exchange, were part of a special convoy that arrived in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to help deliver over 110,000 wreaths. An additional 26 truckloads of wreaths left Maine on Thursday and delivered to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

ATA Share the Road professional drivers Jerry Charron, a professional driver from Con-way Freight with over 1.8 million accident-free miles, and Eddie Hosegood, a professional driver from Publix Super Markets with over 2 million accident-free miles, joined the convoy to Arlington Cemetery and drove the ATA Share the Road truck.  Both Charron and Hosegood met in the Marine Corp.

Boyscout Troop 1532 from Annandale, Va. helped unload the ATA Share the Road trailer, along with Cubscout Pac 481 from Waldorf, Md.  In addition to honoring our veterans, scouts had the opportunity to get up in the cab of the tractor-trailer and see firsthand what a truck driver can and cannot see, and learned about sharing the road with large trucks as part of the Share the Road highway safety program.

"It is truly an honor to be part of the Wreaths Across America convoy to Arlington Cemetery," said Hosegood. "The number of professional truck drivers, trucking companies and volunteers who joined together to honor our fallen soldiers is touching.  This is a great way to start the holiday season," Hosegood added.

Pictures can be found on the ATA Share the Road Facebook page.

Trucking Companies that Participated in Wreaths Across America 2012:

4 D's Trucking, Inc. – Reddick, Florida
AAA Cooper Transportation – Dothan, Alabama
Allen Lund Company – La Canada, California
American Trucking Associations / Share the Road Tractor-Trailer – Arlington, Virginia
B&C Custom Transport, LLC – Hiram, Maine
Bay & Bay Transfer – Rosemount, Montana
Baylor Trucking – Milan, Indiana
Bestway Express, Inc. – Vincennes, Indiana
Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. – Birmingham, Alabama
Boyle Transportation – Billerica, Massachusetts
C.R. England, Inc. – Salt Lake City, Utah
Cargo Transporters, Inc. – Claremont, North Carolina
Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc. – Fairbanks, Alaska
Carter Logistics – Anderson, Indiana 
Central Oregon Truck Co. Inc. – Terrebonne, Oregon
Central Transport – Warren, Michigan 
Cianbro Corporation – Pittsfield, Maine
Con-way Truckload  – Joplin, Missouri
Covenant Transport – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Craig Transportation Co. – Perrysburg, Ohio
Crete Carrier Corporation – Lincoln, Nebraska
Dart Transit Company – Eagan, Minnesota, Minnesota
Don Hummer Trucking Corporation – Oxford, Iowa
Dysarts Transportation – Bangor, Maine
Earl Henderson Trucking – Salem, Illinois
Estes Express Lines – Richmond, Virginia
FFE Transportation Services, Inc. – Dallas, Texas
Fikes Truck Line – Hope, Arkansas
Freight Exchange of North AmericaChicago, Illinois
Freymiller, Inc. – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
G&P Trucking – Gaston, South Carolina
Gordon Trucking, Inc. – Pacific, Washington
Halvor Lines, Inc. – Superior, Wisconsin
Hannaford Supermarkets – Scarborough, Maine
Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc. – Bangor, Maine
Hoekstra Transportation, LLC – St Anne, Illinois
Jagtrux, Inc. – Marietta, Pennsylvania
John Christner Trucking – Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Kennesaw Transportation, Inc. – Rydal, Georgia
Paul Todorovich driving for Landstar – South Jacksonville, Florida
Load One, Inc. – Taylor, Michigan
Maine Motor Transport Association – Augusta, Maine
Motor Carrier Service – Northwood, Ohio
Oakhurst Dairy – Portland, Maine
Perdue – Salisbury, Maryland
Portland Air Freight – Scarborough, Maine
Pottle's Transportation – Bangor, Maine
Prime, Inc. – Springfield, Missouri
Raider Express – Fort Worth, Texas
Ross Express – Penacook, New Hampshire
Sammons Transportation, Inc. – Missoula, Montana
SchneiderGreen Bay, Wisconsin
Scott Harris, Owner Operator – Bangor, Maine
Skyline Transportation, Inc. – Knoxville, Tennessee
SLMS Freight Company LLC – Northglenn, Colorado
Stuart McIntosh, Owner Operator – Madison, Ohio
Swift Transportation, Inc. – Phoenix, Arizona
Tennant Truck Lines – Colona, Illinois
Titan Transfer, Inc. – Shelbyville, Tennessee
TLD Logistics Services, Inc. – Knoxville, Tennessee
Trucker Charity – Summerfield, Illinois
Try Hours Expedite – Maumee, Ohio
Tyson Foods, Inc. – Springdale, Arkansas
U.S. Xpress, Inc. – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wal-mart – Little Rock, Arkansas
Watkins & Shepard – Helena, Montana
Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc. Troy, Missouri

Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks, Inc. and Michelin North America, Inc.  Follow the Share the Road on Facebook.

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit based out of Harrington, Maine. The organization began the tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays in 1992.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations