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. 

Whether it's one truckload or twenty, our professional drivers and their companies move our mission to remember, honor, and teach by transporting our nation's respect in the form of fresh balsam remembrance wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, and to over twelve hundred other participating locations across the country in December.

Their commitment comes from an ingrained respect and gratitude for the service and sacrifice of members of the United States armed forces. Our volunteers and supporters share the knowledge we would not be a free and sovereign nation if it were not for our veterans.

Kevin Brewer is a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of Lance Corporal before his discharge in 1987. His father, who is now laid to rest at the VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida also served in the Marines and later in the Air Force. Kevin drives for VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida also served in the Marines and later in the Air Force. Kevin drives for Armellini Express Lines, Inc.

"I've only been involved with Wreaths Across America the last two years, but I've seen so many people put in a lot of effort," Kevin explains. "I think that's impressive that so many people are willing to take the time and do all the work they do to make sure our veterans are honored."

Armellini's Vice President of Operations, Jeff Jackson explains the company got involved in 2015 after hearing of Pottle's Transportations' experiences by way of an insurance group with whom they both do business.

"Our company is very civic minded and veteran's causes are really important to our owner Dave Armelini," states Jeff. "Once he heard about Wreaths Across America we jumped on board."

The Wreaths Across America effort within Armellini Express is company wide, and as the General Manager of Armelleni Onsite Storage, Stephanie Markisello explains it's personal.

"Not only is our driver Kevin a veteran but my husband is also a Marine, and my father-in-law is a Patriot Guard Rider, and he got involved with us when he moved to Florida, so there's a complete connection with those of us who are involved."

Stephanie says the Walmart Distribution Center in Fort Pierce is the "hub" for their National Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies that include a motorcycle and police escort into the cemetery.

"I plan to get to the cemetery this year, but for the past two years I've gone up to meet Kevin at Walmart to take pictures and videos. They host a social breakfast in the morning and serve as a staging area for the escort," Stephanie describes. "They actually travel down the turnpike from Fort Pierce, and our office is right off the exit so I gather as many employees as I can in golf carts and we cheer them on as they head to the cemetery."

Kevin says driving Armellini's load of wreaths in the escort to VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth along with the Walmart trucks is a meaningful experience for him emotionally because of honoring veterans, but he says there's also a more physical kind of excitement as a professional driver.

"It's kind of fun being the center of attention for a while, I mean who doesn't like that, but when you're escorted on the highway by law enforcement and Patriot Guard Riders, and you don't have to stop for any of the lights there's nothing like it. That's really a cool experience to watch them on the road ahead of you clearing the way, and we roll right through the red lights," Kevin chuckles.

Kevin also appreciates the value of the message the Wreaths Across America mission spreads to others.

"I think that younger people who see how we're honoring our veterans will think about stepping up and serving in the military to help protect our nation from all enemies."

Thank you, Jeff, Stephanie, Kevin and all of the Armellini Express team for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from the Armellini Express team 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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