List of volunteer truckers grows for wreath hauling

| 12/1/2009

Wreaths Across America will set records this year with its annual Christmas tribute to troops who served and sacrificed.

Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, ME, recently told Land Line that wreaths made by his company will be placed simultaneously at participating cemeteries, memorials and other locations around the country at noon on Dec. 12.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Wreaths Across America organization announced that more than 400 locations would be taking part in the ceremony. Wreaths will also be shipped to two dozen offshore locations, including Normandy Beach, to be placed on the graves of U.S. soldiers.

Wreaths Across America is still adding to its list any last-minute volunteer truckers who would like to participate in this event, including the escort of the wreaths as they leave Maine for their eventual destinations on the headstones of our service men and women. Trucks are needed to cover deliveries in all regions. For details, click here.

Here’s a partial list of trucking companies, large and small, that have volunteered to transport the wreaths and their destinations.

Pottles Transportation

  • One truck to Arlington National Cemetery; and
  • One truck to Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, NH; New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH; Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY; and Indian Town Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Hartt Transportation

  • One truck to Arlington National Cemetery; and
  • One truck to Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, VA; City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, VA; Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA; Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA; Richmond National Cemetery, Richmond, VA; Fort Harrison National Cemetery, Richmond, VA; Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh, NC; Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC; and Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC.

Perdue Transportation

  • Warriors Walk, Fort Stewart, GA; Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock, MD; Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA; Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA; Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL; and Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Baylor Transportation

  • Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH; St. Clair Allied Veterans Cemetery, Port Huron, MI; Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, OH; Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, MI; Indiana State Soldiers Home Cemetery, West Lafayette, IN; Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN; and Indiana Veterans Memorial, Madison, IN.

Boyle Transportation

  • One truck to Eldon Cemetery, Eldon, IA; Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, IA; Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, IA; Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS; Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Winfield, KS; and Enid Cemetery, Enid, OK.
  • One truck to Winchendon Veterans Cemetery, Winchendon, MA; Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA; and National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA; and St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Mary’s, PA.
  • One truck to Great Lakes National, Holly, MI; Abraham Lincoln National, Elmwood, IL; Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL; Fort Snelling National, Minneapolis, MN; Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN; North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND; Fort Missoula Post Cemetery, Missoula, MT; Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR; and Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, OR.

Mr. Ed’s Trucking

  • Massachusetts State Veterans Cemetery, Agawam, MA; South Buxton Cemetery, Bar Mills, ME; Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI; Center Cemetery, New Milford, CT; Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA; and Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, MA.

Prime Transportation

  • Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX; Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Fort Dodge, KS; Fort Riley Cemetery, Fort Riley, KS; Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Wakeeney, KS; Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM.

Wal-Mart Transportation

  • One truck to Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, AR;
  • Two trucks to Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX;
  • One truck to: Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX; and Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Baton Rouge, LA;
  •  One truck to Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, Sacramento, CA; and
  • One truck to Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, MO; Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, AR; Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO; and Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

West Transportation

  • Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY; Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY; Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ; Finns Point National Cemetery, Salem, NJ; Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

Landstar Transportation

  • Danville National Cemetery, Danville, VA; Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA; American Legion Cemetery, Beckley, WV; Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN; East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville, TN; Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN; Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN; and Lebanon National Cemetery, Lebanon, KY.

Portland Air Freight

  • Togus Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, ME.

 – By Sandi Soendker, managing editor