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.

Driving is one of Guy's great passions, and he's been at it since he was nineteen, but, several years ago when he was leased on with another company, he pestered the dispatcher there at the time to go out with him. He admits with a hearty laugh it took Twila a year-and-a-half to "come around to the idea" but they eventually married.

Together, they own and operate the brokerage company TG Logistics out of Levant, Maine. They've moved a lot of products over the last seven years connecting shippers and carriers. Some of the connections they make are on behalf of Wreaths Across America.

Transportation Intermediaries Association, an organization supporting brokerage companies like TG Logistics, got the Goodine's involved.

"December is a busy time of year for us, but I usually put everyone else aside for about two weeks and work on Wreaths Across America's freight and destinations," Guy explains. "I'm glad to do it, and I sincerely mean that. When a customer calls us and needs a truck for this or that, and we're working on a deadline for Wreaths Across America, we usually meet the deadline."

Guy and Twila are not the least bit shy about talking to their customers, friends, and associates across the country about the mission and they've recruited others to join the effort.

"That's how I got New York Apple Sales involved with Wreaths Across America," Guy recalls. "When they called last year and wanted a load I explained to them why I couldn't help them out because I was working on those transport logistics. They wound up sponsoring a load."

With over twelve hundred participating locations in addition to Arlington National Cemetery, trucking logistics for Wreaths Across America is a massive undertaking. The wreath-making season in Downeast Maine is a short one, and the handmade fresh evergreen wreaths need to be transported from "Stem to Stone" to locations across the country and overseas. That means tight deadlines and our professional drivers, companies, and associations step up like no other industry.

"We're very fortunate to find carriers, veterans, and non-veterans that want to participate in the program. We get drivers every year who call us to get involved. Sometimes people don't quite get What Wreaths Across America is all about until that first time they make it to one of the veterans cemeteries, see all the people and starting laying wreaths. Then they're very humbled."

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Guy's family members have served in the U.S. Navy and he believes it's important to remember those who have sacrificed for this nation.

Thank you, Guy and Twila Goodine and TG Logistics for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Guy and our other patriots in our "Trucking Tributes" on Wreaths Across America Radio at 11:00 AM and again at 4:00 PM Eastern Monday-Friday.

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