Air Force Veteran*, Wayne Merritt, currently manages the Veterans Transportation Program based out of Wreaths Across America Headquarters in Maine. Monday thru Friday, Wayne travels to area towns in the Downeast region to pick up veterans and bring them to their doctors’ appointments. This is just one of the many free programs Wreaths Across America offers to veterans and their families.

How long have you been involved with Wreaths Across America?

I have been here since the beginning! Originally, I was working for the founder Morrill Worcester when the nonprofit was first being discussed. But when I was given the opportunity to come on board for the newly formed Wreaths Across America, I jumped at the chance since it involved so much of what I am already passionate about.

Since then, I have become the liaison for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and Wreaths Across America, I serve on the Board of Directors, and I run the Transportation Program. I love the work I do here and the opportunities I have to meet with Veterans and be involved with the youth through CAP.

What about the mission means the most to you?

As a Veteran myself, I think what the Mission means most to me, is the remembrance of our Veterans and the new friends I have made throughout the community. I regularly transport four veterans in their 90’s and look forward to hearing their stories. It means a great deal to see these men honored for their service and sacrifice, and know they will be remembered.


*Wayne Merritt was an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1968 and returned to the U.S. in December of 1969.

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