Wreaths Across America, the country’s longest veterans’ parade, will begin its annual march down the East Coast on Dec. 11, when it will deliver wreaths to schools, memorials and other locations to honor, remember and teach about those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
Jo Ann Maitland, national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., and Nancy Menagh, president emeritus of Gold Star Wives of America Inc., will lead the march, culminating at the Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 18 — National Wreaths Across America Day.
“For those who have had to participate in the escorts of wreaths over time, it is truly a life-altering experience,” Karen Worcester, executive director at Wreaths Across USA, told Fox News. “The way the mission and we are welcomed into communities with flags waving, streets lined with children and veterans is something we longed to see every American witness. This year we’re hoping that supporters will once again join us in lining the roadways safely and welcome the mission into their communities.”
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The veterans’ parade, which will include Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families, veterans, volunteers and members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Patriot Riders, is scheduled to host public events in Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C., before it finishes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Chevrolet will continue its sponsorship for the parade for the seventh straight year. It will provide vehicles to transport Gold Star families and veterans. It will also provide 4,000 veteran’s wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
Chevrolet and its dealers are proud of supporting Wreaths Across American and delivering the message of their mission to Remember. Honor. Teach. This annual tradition is a staple for Chevrolet and its dealers in Northeast Region,” said Dan Adamcheck – regional director for sales, service, and marketing at Chevrolet. Chevrolet and its employees are truly honored to be able give back to their communities and to the men and women who have so generously given so much to this country.
Safe transport will be provided by law enforcement officers from Maine and other states along the route.
Walmart Transportation, Schneider National, Gully Transportation, Witte Bros. Exchange Inc., Hartt Transportation Systems Inc., Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets), American Trucking Associations – Share the Road Truck, Pottle’s Transportation, Cargo Transporters Inc., Boyd Grain Inc., Hampton Road Moving & Storage and Tyson Foods Inc. are also supporting the convoy to haul additional veterans’ wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery.
Source: Fox News