Wreaths Across America receives no government funding to support operations. Motivated and dedicated patriots across the country and at locations overseas power the Maine-based nonprofit organization. The mission to remember, honor, and teach is carried out daily by millions of citizens who care deeply for those who have served our nation in the armed forces, and their families. Some of these remarkable individuals are veterans themselves or come from military families while others are driven by a deep sense of patriotism and community service. 

Placing fresh, hand-made balsam remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans across the country in December requires tremendous logistics and unyielding support from the trucking industry.

Wreaths Across America shows its gratitude and appreciation for all those involved in transporting America's respect with "Trucking Tributes." These stories will introduce you to the men and women of the industry who make the mission possible.

Vince Strupp is a proud man; proud of he and his wife's military service, of what they have accomplished as a team over the years in the trucking industry, and raising a family. Vince is a one-truck owner-operator who is currently leased out to Spoerl Trucking in Wisconsin. Along with raising four children and eleven grandkids with Judy, Vince has seen every part of our great nation, and most of Canada.

Vince and Judy both entered military service back in the 1960's during the Vietnam War. He ended his military career with the U.S. Army with the rank of Specialist E 5 and Judy served for twenty-three years in the Air Force before retiring with the rank of E 7 Master Sergeant. Both are active members of their American Legion Post #483 where Vince serves as a member of their Honor Guard.

When Vince heard a radio promo about Wreaths Across America, he decided to reach out to the Truckload Carriers Association to get more information, and he got involved the following year.

"That first year I got to Columbia Falls, Maine a little ahead of schedule and my load wasn't going to be ready for a couple of days so Rob asked if I'd be interested in taking a load of wreaths to a suburb of Chicago," Vince recalls. "When my wife and I got back to pick up our load we found out we'd been assigned to take the second one to Arlington National Cemetery. We couldn't believe it! It was like a dream come true to be hauling such honorable freight."

As luck would have it on their trip, Vince and Judy connected with the annual wreath escort convoy on it's trip to Arlington, so they were able to witness first hand the patriotic greetings along the roadways. On National Wreaths Across America Day, they found themselves overwhelmed again.

"The people came out the day before just to watch the trucking coming into stage," Vince shared. "The next day it was an unbelievable site to see thousands of people coming out volunteering to lay a wreath on every grave. Words can't describe what that was like to see that cemetery transform in a couple of hours."

Donating fuel, maintenance and time as an owner-operator to transport wreaths can be a big personal sacrifice, but Vince and Judy have done just that for several years now because they believe it's important to teach younger generations the meaning of freedom. The American Legion has supported their effort taking up collections to offset their fuel costs.

"As the saying goes we all gave some, but some gave all, and that resonates with me all the time," explains Vince. "This is our way of giving back and paying tribute to the fallen because those people are the heroes. It's so very important that we never forget and that we teach our youth how we have the freedoms we have. It came from these men and women."

Vince pay his respects to the fallen.

Vince pay his respects to the fallen.

Vince says participating annually with Wreaths Across America never gets old. He and his wife have made new friends, and he's appreciative of Spoerl Trucking, Inc. for sponsoring the trailer he uses to haul America's respect.

"We look forward to it every year and we've met a lot of great people over the years, and they've become like family. We keep in touch with one another throughout the year."

Thank you, Vince and Judy Strupp and V & J Strupp Trucking LLC for your tireless patriotism and support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Vince about his father's service in World War II and from our other patriots in our "Trucking Tributes" on Wreaths Across America Radio at 11:00 AM and again at 4:00 PM Eastern.

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