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Wreaths Across America: An Impactful Event

Posted by Mike Bash on Dec 21, 2017 5:53:48 PM

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I’m an American. Yes, I am.
I promise that I will do what I can.
I’ll stand up for freedom. Live my life without fear
Going to make a better world, I know we’ll persevere

“I’m an American” by Rick Charette (Theme song for Wreaths Across America)

Here at Britton Transport, we pride ourselves on being not only a “veteran-friendly” trucking company but on going above and beyond for our veterans.

That’s why, for the fifth year in a row Britton was thrilled to be a part of the “Honor Fleet” for the Wreaths Across America (WAA) event.

What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery has now become a national organization with over 1200 participating locations - all focused on the mission to Remember - Honor - and Teach.

This mission is close to the heart of Britton which is why we have repeatedly chosen to partner with WAA.

And while the previous four years have been tremendous, this year stands out in many ways.

First off, Britton decided to wrap one of our trucks and trailers with a special WAA wrap.

“This time, we had the opportunity to wrap our truck and trailer to share with the public, our customers, and our staff year-round about this great initiative” said Britton President Jim Stockeland.

It was also a special year because Stockeland was able to make his first trip to Arlington National Cemetery to experience WAA firsthand.

Along with Britton driver Lee Tibbets, himself an Army veteran, Stockeland took part in the ceremonies and both were impacted by a speech given by Sue Pollard, the President of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

American Gold Star Mothers is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service of our country.

So impacted was Tibbets by the organization that when asked about the opportunity to be the driver delivering the wreaths on behalf of Britton, he said, “It was an honor to represent not only Britton Transport, but the soldiers I served with, as well as the Gold Star Mothers. I can think of few things greater than sacrificing a child in the name of freedom.”

In addition to the Gold Star Mothers, Stockeland was blown away by the sheer number of volunteers (50,000+) that showed up to lay the wreaths and utter the names of the fallen soldiers, a WAA tradition.

“We encourage every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive. We are not here to “decorate graves." We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America

This “remembering” falls in line with Britton Transport’s commitment to our veterans. In fact, at various times, as much of 30% of our fleet has been made up of veterans.

We respect and honor veterans all over the country and we thank you for your act of service to this great nation. It was a huge privilege to partner with WAA and we look forward to doing so for many years to come.

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