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 trucking industry makes the connection between Wreaths Across America and patriotic citizens across the nation who wish to honor the memories of our fallen heroes. 

That's why many of the professional drivers often say when they transport fresh balsam fir remembrance wreaths for National Wreaths Across America Day to awaiting volunteers in cemeteries, they have hauled a truckload of honor and respect.

When those drivers are themselves veterans or have children currently serving, it's a powerful experience for everyone involved. That's certainly the case for the employees of Cargo Transporters out of Claremont, North Carolina who support Wreaths Across America with every thing from advertising billboards to transporting several truckloads of wreaths.

Shelley Dellinger Mundy, Director of Recruiting and Retention for Cargo Transporters explains there's a year-long culture of military appreciation and support within the company and a genuine enthusiasm for participation with the Wreaths Across America mission. 

"Each and every driver we send to get wreaths appreciates it, and it's a highlight for them to participate," Shelley confirms. "Last year Cargo Transporters got to participate in the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington and our driver, Derrick Whittle is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Another one of our female drivers, Sandy Bunting, told us she had a daughter serving and delivering her load of wreaths helped her feel closer to her daughter while they were separated during the holidays."

Shelley says when it comes to participating with Wreaths Across America they have no problem recruiting volunteers within the company.

"We have a veteran's wall where our employees can post a picture of themselves present day and a picture of them when they served," explains Shelley. "When we did that project we had one hundred and thirty-five of our people at that time who had served in the military, and that's a big percentage of employees for one company. We think that it's important to recognize their service."

Cargo Transporters, Inc. teams up with other trucking companies, the North Carolina Trucking Association and the Truckload Carriers Association to promote their involvement with Wreaths Across America and to encourage others to support the cause as well.

Shelley explains it was during a promotional video production they realized one of their drivers, Wayne Teague was not only a veteran but a Purple Heart recipient for wounds he suffered during the Vietnam War. Wayne's statement in that video interview best describes the power of the veterans' remembrance wreath and the significance of paying our respects every December on National Wreaths Across America Day.

"When I got ready to leave Arlington it hit me," Wayne shares. "These people died for me. I'm going to get to go home; I'm free. They're heroes to me."

Thank you, Cargo Transporters, Inc. for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Cargo Transporters, Inc. 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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