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More than 600,000 wreaths will be laid December 15th on the graves of fallen military members.  This week, 65 trucking companies are hauling 126 loads of fresh remembrance wreaths to be laid on graves at more than 800 veterans' cemeteries across the nation.  It's part of Wreaths Across America.  Wreaths Across America is an organization that coordinates veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs, and provides schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year.

This year, there are even more wreaths, 20,000 more than last year.  Thirty-four truck loads are headed to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., the final resting place for hundreds of thousands of veterans. The convoy of tractor trailers hauling these wreaths - called the "Escort to Arlington" - began December 9 in Harrington, Maine, and has made its way slowly down the East Coast, escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders. It has stopped at schools, monuments, veterans' homes, and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor, and teach. When it arrives in Arlington, a rally will be held Friday night for the drivers and volunteer personnel coordinating the event. It will feature Lindsay Lawler, official spokesperson of Truckload Carriers Association's (TCA's) Highway Angel program. Lawler will also sing "Amazing Grace" at Saturday morning's Opening Ceremonies prior to the wreath-laying.

"This project is a natural fit for TCA members and the trucking industry in general, since so many veterans choose to make their careers in trucking after serving in the military," said Burruss, who happens to be a Marine Corps veteran. "All of us feel it is our honor and privilege to be able to show our respect by hauling the wreaths for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

Each cemetery will conduct its own special events and wreath-laying ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2012, as part of "Wreaths Across America Day," held annually each December.  For more information about the Wreaths Across America program, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

 

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