American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road Highway Safety Program celebrated the arrival of the Wreaths Across America convoy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 16.
“The trucking industry is one of the most patriotic industries in the country, full of veterans, and we are honored to be able to pay our respects to those who sacrificed for this country and our freedom,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “The Share the Road Program is grateful for this opportunity to salute the fallen heroes of America and will continue to support Wreaths Across America.”
Share the Road professional truck drivers Ralph Garcia of ABF Freight System Inc., and UPS Freight’s Henry Bruster drove the program’s Mack truck from the wreath loading dock in Maine to Arlington, making many stops on the route to emphasize the importance of Wreaths Across America and teaching students the value of our freedoms.
“It is a great honor to be a part of this journey again and honor the great men and women who protected this country with their lives,” Garcia said. “Having the opportunity to travel down the East Coast through patriotic towns and communities and being able to see all the support the nation shows to our veterans is an amazing experience for me.”
This year, Wreaths Across America delivered more than one million wreaths to veterans’ graves across the globe.
“Wreaths Across America gives us a special chance to reflect on what we stand for as a nation and unite behind our veterans,” Bruster said. “Being both a veteran and a truck driver, this trip was very meaningful to me and it was a great honor to represent my fellow military servicemen and servicewomen.”