SOURCE: Wreaths Across America
ALEXANDRIA, VA and COLUMBIA FALLS, ME--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) - Each year, trucking companies and professional truck drivers donate their tractor-trailers and time to deliver thousands of remembrance wreaths to our nation's military cemeteries on behalf of Wreaths Across America (WAA). Today, WAA and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced a new partnership that will further the success of this important mission to honor our fallen heroes.
WAA is a nonprofit organization whose mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out each year with annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and nearly 800 veteran locations across the country and overseas. Last year, the organization marked its 20th year making the trip to Arlington with the placement of nearly 90,000 remembrance wreaths. In 2012, one of its goals is to place a wreath on each of the 225,000 headstones at the cemetery.
This fall, TCA will work with WAA to dispatch drivers and coordinate the logistics of wreath delivery across the country. The organization has also launched a Web site, www.TruckloadofRespect.com, where donations can be made to underwrite the cost of placing a wreath on every headstone at Arlington. Individuals and companies can quickly and easily add their own pages to the main site, each with specific fund-raising goals and unique URLs that can be sent to friends, family, and coworkers via e-mail and social media channels. Page owners can further personalize their pages with photos, custom messages, and even a link to a video they have recorded and posted on YouTube. These efforts demonstrate their support for this endeavor, fostering a sense of community and rallying people to give to the cause.
"Without the support of trucking companies, the countless lives that we've already honored through our work would not have been possible," said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. "This collaboration further solidifies the tremendously positive relationship we've had with the trucking community for years now, and is indicative of their belief in the value of our cause. With partners like TCA, we are that much closer to the day when we can pay personal tribute to every fallen veteran."
"Truckload carriers and their drivers are proud of their role in keeping the nation up and running, but delivering these wreaths is special to us," said Chris Burruss, TCA president and United States Marine Corps veteran. "This program has given us the chance to express our gratitude to the men and women who defend this nation, and we want to do everything we can to ensure its continued success."
Burruss went on to say: "A special thanks is due to Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information and Pilot Flying J for kick-starting the fund-raising with pledges to raise $50,000 and $100,000, respectively. We encourage every carrier, supplier, driver, and individual employee to do his or her part as well. Log into www.TruckloadofRespect.com and support our nation's heroes."
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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization's mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.