Today, 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.
“The trucking industry believes wholeheartedly in remembering those who have served our country and protected our freedoms,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
“Truck drivers throughout the country, many of whom are veterans themselves, are some of the most patriotic individuals you can find, so we’re honored that our industry and the Share the Road program can salute America’s fallen heroes as part of Wreaths Across America.”
(The first wreaths were donated to Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Company. In this video, learn how one man’s mission to give back gave birth to a national non-profit with over 1000 locations nationwide, and a mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Courtesy of Vimeo)
Share the Road professional truck drivers Ralph Garcia and Nate McCarty drove the program’s truck from the wreath loading dock in Maine to Arlington, Virginia.
Along the way, the drivers participated in engaging education sessions for local students and communities to learn about the trucking industry’s importance to the economy and the need to honor the nation’s heroes.
“I set out this week to honor my father, a Green Beret, and carried his hat with us to every ceremony,” said Share the Road professional truck driver Ralph Garcia, of ABF Freight.
“We’ve been amazed, though, to meet so many people and hear countless stories of bravery and sacrifice, just like my father’s. This will be a very memorable trip for me.”
This year, Wreaths Across America delivered more than one million wreaths to veterans’ graves throughout the globe. Spear, alongside his family and dozens of ATA employees, distributed a portion of the 3,500 wreaths delivered by the Share the Road tractor-trailer.
The Share the Road drivers chronicled their trip with videos and photos on Share the Road’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Chris Kinnard, a Gold Star Wife, was one of several guests hosted by the drivers during the trip to Arlington.
Social media followers were encouraged to interact with the drivers throughout the week and all volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery are invited to meet the drivers during the wreath laying proceedings.
Last week, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) sponsored a resolution that was unanimously passed which designates December 17, 2016 as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
“Being a part of this trip is very special to me as a veteran and as a truck driver,” said Share the Road professional truck driver Nate McCarty, of ABF Freight. “We’ve seen the trucking industry unite and honor America’s heroes in a way that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who takes part in it.”
(Share the Road Professional Truck Drivers offer motorists unique insights into the limits of tractor-trailers and what drivers can do to safely maneuver around large vehicles on the highway. Courtesy of Share the Road and YouTube)
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 supported by TA-Petro, Pre-Pass, Hyundai Translead, OmniTracs, SmartDrive, Mack Leasing, and Bendix.
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. Trucking Moves America Forward.