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.

Over the past few months, Wreaths Across America's "Trucking Tributes" has introduced you to the people, companies and trade associations that support the massive transportation logistics behind the organization's mission to remember our fallen, honor those who serve and teach younger generations the value of freedom.

In each of their stories, the motivation to step up and support the nationwide wreath-laying effort each December during the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington and National Wreaths Across America Day comes from a sense of duty, patriotism, and pride even in the face of adversity, personal pain, and sacrifice.

Many of our participating drivers are veterans and some like Scott Harris of Harris and Sons Trucking out of Patten, Maine, are Gold Star parents whose children have given their lives in service to our nation.

Scott's story of Dustin's courage and sacrifice brings back recollections of World War II when young American men in their late teens and early twenties were compelled to enlist after our nation was attacked by the Japanese and drawn into the war. It was the terrorist attack on our country on September 11, 2001, that stirred Dustin's desire to serve.

Dustin wanted to enlist immediately after graduating from high school, but his frightened parents tried to dissuade him. "We probably shouldn't have, but, my wife Lorna and I tried to talk him out of it," shares Scott. "He did what we asked him to and went on to Eastern Maine Community College for training as a diesel mechanic, but as soon as he was done, he went and signed up."

"At that time we knew it was inevitable he'd be deployed," Scott explains. "He was just a few days shy of being promoted to Sergeant when his Humvee hit an IED (improvised explosive device) in Iraq."

Scott says their involvement with Wreaths Across America and Lorna's involvement with American Gold Star Mothers has been a tremendous help in dealing with their grief over the loss of Dustin.

"Anyone who's lost a child knows it's a devastating change in your life," Scott explains. "After a month of sitting around the house going back to work was my therapy. After a couple of years, we started doing better, and Lorna found her involvement in giving back to the living veterans and helping to honor all the others who have died for our freedom has been very helpful."

Six years ago Scott said, "I'm ready. I want to get involved and give my services to Wreaths Across America." As a single truck owner/operator, it's not a small donation of time and expense for him to haul a load of fresh balsam remembrance wreaths but he's had impressive support along the way.

North State Transportation out of Caribou, Maine provides him with the time he needs off for the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington every year and in 2015 Chevy teamed up with Pottle's Transportation to provide Scott with a special trailer wrap honoring Dustin.

Scott expresses how soothing and healing his experiences with Wreaths Across America have been as do other Gold Star professional drivers who pay tribute to their sons by hauling America's respect.

Thank you, Scott & Lorna Harris for your sacrifice and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Scott and 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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