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.

The Wreaths Across America mission is not about one day in December rather a year-round effort to pay tribute those who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation.

One volunteer with a trucking company in Alabama teaches others what that year-long commitment means to him and his family.

Not only does Wade Gunter place a remembrance wreath on the headstone of a fallen service member at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), he says their name aloud when he props it against the stone. It's what we ask of all our volunteers at ANC, and at over twelve hundred participating locations on National Wreaths Across America Day in December.

It's what Wade does next that takes the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach to a higher level. Wade takes a picture of "his veteran" each year and places it on his computer at work as a daily reminder of that hero's sacrifice.

Wade Gunter places a wreath and then takes a picture of "his veteran" back to work with him as a daily reminder of the sacrifice.

Wade Gunter places a wreath and then takes a picture of "his veteran" back to work with him as a daily reminder of the sacrifice.

Wade Gunter is the Director of Facilities with Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc. out of Alabama which runs about seven hundred trucks operating in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. They've been supporting Wreaths Across America for five years.

"It's always humbling being involved," explains Wade. "The first time I heard about Wreaths Across America was at a conference in Nashville, Tennesse. A gentlemen from Cargo Transporters out of North Carolina was on the panel and was talking about things they do outside of their normal trucking realm. It struck a chord with me listening to him talk about it.  I decided this was something we needed to do."

Boyd Bros. driver Mike Usery takes a load into Arlington and driver, Charlie Walker, takes a truckload of respect to Mississippi, Alamaba, and Georgia.

Wade explains that even though Boyd Bros. is a flatbed trucking company, they made a commitment to Wreaths Across America.

"We went out and bought two vans and had them wrapped just for Wreaths Across America. During the year they're used for storage."

When asked about the motivation behind his passion and commitment to the mission Wade explained, "I have a heart for veterans. My father Robert Gunter flew reconnaissance for the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne in Vietnam. I remember his stories of how Vietnam veterans were treated when they came home. Luckily that wave has turned."

Wade always travels to D.C. for the wreath-laying in December to help unload the Boyd Bros. truck, and last year he was joined by his entire family.

"I tell people I'm always so impressed by the number of volunteers who come out to honor our veterans regardless of the weather. When you watch the news all day and see the negativity, being involved with Wreaths Across America makes you feel good about the country."

Thank you, Wade Gunter and Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Wade 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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