Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has been dedicated to remembering veterans by delivering and placing wreaths on the graves of fallen service members. At J.B. Hunt, we are honored to work with Wreaths Across America for the eighth year, supporting their mission – Remember. Honor. Teach.
This year, 75 J.B. Hunt company drivers were chosen to help deliver nearly 207,000 wreaths to ten national cemeteries across the United States. Both volunteers and drivers will lay wreaths on the graves of fallen service members during National Wreaths Across America Day on December 18.
What is Wreaths Across America?
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 to remember our fallen veterans, honor our current service members and teach the public about the value of freedom.
“It’s a blessing [and] an honor to be part of it,” said Steven, a J.B. Hunt Truckload driver. “We’re big military supporters, I was in myself for 13 years … my family and I are just thrilled to be able to participate in Wreaths Across America.”
Each year, Wreaths Across America partners with volunteers and truck drivers throughout the transportation industry to deliver and place wreaths on the graves of thousands of fallen veterans in cemeteries throughout the country.
Glendale, a veteran and a J.B. Hunt Dedicated driver, said participating in Wreaths Across America is close to his heart.
“It means a lot to me. I served almost six years in the military, so it was something I really wanted to do,” he said. “I’m glad to be going. I’m glad I got chosen.”
Driven to Serve
J.B. Hunt drivers work together to help transport the wreaths to their destination, meeting along the way for a key exchange as they pass the torch to the next driver. For Intermodal driver, Jodi, the key exchange was a sign of respect for both our drivers and the special loads they were chosen to deliver.
“The company took the time to have these key exchanges,” she said. “It wasn’t just that they were transporting [wreaths], they were representing and recognizing the veterans that work for us. Having their local American Legion show up, that was a big deal to me.”
How to Get Involved with Wreaths Across America
Please visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to watch a live stream of our Wreaths Across America ceremony on Friday, December 17 at 10 a.m. CT. If you would like to sign-up to lay a wreath at a cemetery, you can visit on the Wreaths Across America website.