Two Share the Road truck drivers have set off to deliver handmade wreaths as part of the Wreaths Across America Tour that began in Harrington, Maine, and will culminate in ceremonies at the Arlington National Cemetery.
ATA’s Share the Road drivers Eddie Hosegood and Jerry Charron, both employed at XPO Logistics, will be traveling as part of a procession of dozens of trucks from many motor carriers. The Arlington National Cemetery is the final stop of the journey, but is one of more than 900 veterans’ cemeteries throughout the country that will receive more than 500,000 wreaths this holiday season.
“Each year, we are honored to have the Share the Road truck join the caravan of trucks delivering wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery where some of America’s heroes are laid to rest,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Wreaths Across America is a powerful program that touches many people and we are honored to travel alongside many ATA member companies as part of this convoy.”
The tour, which began last weekend, runs through Saturday, stopping at schools and communities along the way. During the stops, the public will have a chance to learn about the mission of Wreaths Across America and trucking safety.
Hosegood and Charron first met during their military service as U.S. Marines when they were assigned to the same unit on a Western Pacific tour.
“To me, the cargo we are hauling this week is the most precious cargo,” said Hosegood. “I am honored to get the chance to volunteer for this trip and show my support for the fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“In the past we’ve seen overwhelming support from communities throughout this trip,” said Charron. “People taking the time to stand in the freezing rain just to wave at the trucks as we pass by really shows the respect and adoration Americans have for veterans. As Marines, we know that our country comes first and that’s why Wreaths Across America means so much.”