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.

Through our years of involvement with members of the United States military, their families, and friends Wreaths Across America knows of the sacrifices made throughout history in defense of our nation and others. As part of our mission objective to teach, we work to share their stories of courage and commitment to our core values.

Hard work and determination built this nation and one man born into the trucking industry says sometimes people tend to forget how tough it was to make America what it is today.

Jim Subler is the President of Classic Carriers, Incorporated out of Versailles, Ohio.

His father and uncle started working in the business in 1934. But his Dad Basil Subler had to take a break to serve as a U.S. Army combat engineer under General Patton in World War II.

"Dad's war years took a lot away from the family and my Mom at that time, but Dad was so proud of his military time and service."

Jim relays one personal story of hardship.

"My mother was pregnant when Dad left to go overseas," Jim explains. "They had a son that was stillborn and Dad's brother Kenny took so much care of my Mom and hand-dug the grave for the baby. Those kinds of things people don't think about anymore. How impoverished people were during the war years, and how hard they worked."

Jim bought his first truck in 1971, and his hard work ethic has grown Classic Carriers, Inc., founded in 1985, into a company of one hundred twenty-five refrigerated units and one hundred seventy-five trailers servicing forty-eight states.

Like so many of our other featured drivers have told us, Jim originally heard about Wreaths Across America through his involvement with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

"The first year we got involved was five years ago," Jim says. "We sent one driver up there to Maine and he came back so impressed the next year we sent two. We've been doing at least two loads since then and it's been such a privilege to be part of it and the drivers come back so excited. The more they talk to other drivers about the experience the more drivers want to get involved." Jim adds this to further describe the meaningful connection Wreaths Across America has with its volunteers," I don't know of anyone who has done it who comes back and says they don't want to do it again next year."

Jim says younger generations may have no connection to or recollection of World War II, the Vietnam, or Korean wars and it's vital to teach them about those stories. Engaging them in the Wreaths Across America mission is a productive way to get them involved in their communities.

"They have to learn and understand the history to know of all the people who have given their lives to make this country what it is today. We're honored and proud to be part of Wreaths Across America and we look forward to being part of the future."

Thank you, Jim and Classic Carriers for your tireless patriotism and support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

Classic Carriers, Inc. driver Jereme Oosterman presents Wreaths Across America's Founder Morrill Worcester a Classic Carriers toy truck.

Classic Carriers, Inc. driver Jereme Oosterman presents Wreaths Across America's Founder Morrill Worcester a Classic Carriers toy truck.

You can hear more from Jim 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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