December 29, 2014
For the first year in its history, Wreaths Across America received enough money and volunteer help to place a wreath at each of the 230,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Including the wreaths at Arlington, there were a total of 720,000 wreaths distributed nationwide through the Wreaths Across America program with nearly 300 trucks providing transportation for them.
The TCA coordinated logistics for the volunteering trucking companies and truck drivers who participated. Altogether, there were nearly 50,000 volunteers on hand to help place wreaths. They were delivered to several veteran’s cemeteries nationwide on Dec. 13, which was this year’s Wreath’s Across America Day.
The wreath laying efforts this year were highlighted in a MSNBC special called Taking the Hill. The program not only outlined the logistics of the wreath laying operation but touched on the industry’s Trucking Moves America Forward, message.
“It was so impressive to see 70 tractor trailers there and to realize that trucking made it happen,” said Wendy Hamilton, the TCA’s communications co-chair. “It made me so proud to be a part of this industry.”