By Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter
A five-truck Wreaths Across America convoy that’s carrying 26,000 wreaths is slowly making its way from Harrington, ME, to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. The wreath project is coordinated by the non-profit group Wreaths Across America. The wreaths will be placed on the graves of soldiers Saturday, Dec. 11.
The volunteer trucks carrying the wreaths to Arlington are from Pottle’s Transportation, Baylor Trucking, Hartt Transportation, Walmart and one from the American Trucking Associations.
Morrill Worcester is the founder of the project. Thousands of wreaths are sponsored by individuals or corporations. This year, OOIDA is sponsoring 10 wreaths to be delivered to Arlington on behalf of the membership and staff.
Barry Pottle of Pottle’s Transportation is in charge of the logistics. He says they’re moving slowly because they make a lot of stops along the way.
“Yesterday we traveled 169 miles. … Today we will do 122 miles,” Pottle told Land Line Now Tuesday, Dec. 7. “It’s a long day, but worth it.”
Pottle says each day of the trip he’s had a passenger in his cab – a “gold star” mother who lost a son or daughter in combat.
The 2010 Wreaths Across America sends balsam fir wreaths with red ribbons not only to Arlington, but also to 500-plus participating locations in all states and Puerto Rico. Pottle said the wreaths are being delivered by more than 50 tractor-trailers from volunteer companies.
“This year we shipped more than 215,000 wreaths,” he said.
He also says that next year, they hope to place wreaths on a total of 330,000 graves, an endeavor that will require 60 truckloads of wreaths.
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