One of the highest honors in trucking is not some award you get for being safe for millions of miles or decades of service, but from the simple act of hauling wreaths. Wreaths Across America (WAA) began as a simple act of honoring our departed military by a former paperboy in Maine.
Over a dozen carriers will headline the transport of wreaths from Maine to cemeteries across the country
The 2022 Wreaths Across America event will begin at the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine with a Sunrise Service on Saturday, Dec. 10. Afterwards, the Honoring Allies Remembering Together (H.A.R.T.) Ceremony will take place in Calais, Maine at 10 a.m.
The convoy will begin to leave from Maine on Sunday, Dec. 11. The escort route is available at the WAA website and has many stops along the trek to Arlington National Cemetery.
“The Escort to Arlington” will include tractor-trailers from:
- Schneider National
- Gully Transportation
- Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc.
- Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc.
- Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets)
- American Trucking Associations – Workforce Heroes
- Pottle’s Transportation
- Cargo Transporters, Inc.
- Boyd Grain Inc.
- Hampton Roads Moving & Storage
- Prime Inc.
- Tyson Foods, Inc.
These companies will haul a portion of the sponsored veterans’ wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on Dec. 17. Independent owner/operators also donate their time and equipment to help with the event.
Additionally, Load One Carriers will serve as the ceremonial wreath transporter for the escort. Law enforcement agencies from around the country and overseas will provide escort for the rigs on their long journey across the country and overseas at military memorials.
The wreath-laying is held annually, traditionally on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA’s annual pilgrimage from their headquarters in Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the “world’s largest veterans’ parade,” stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to “remember, honor and teach.”