Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremonies to take place December 11, 2010 across America.
Springfield, Mo. – Prime Inc. recently announced its participation in this year’s “Wreaths Across America™ Day”, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. EST. Held annually on the second Saturday in December, the custom of placing wreaths on veteran graves across America relies on the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.
Prime Inc.’s participation in the event has become an annual tradition for the company. This year, the company has not only donated a truck for the cause, but a driver and several thousand dollars to purchase wreaths in Springfield, Missouri.
“We are honored to be able to pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said John Hancock, Prime Inc. director of training and driver recruiting. “It is Prime’s hope that every grave is decorated for the holidays to signify just how important their service was to our country.”
The Missouri Highway Patrol will escort Prime Inc.’s driver through the state to deliver wreaths in Bloomfield, St. Louis, St. James and Springfield. Ceremonies around the nation will be performed in unison at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 11. Each ceremony will include a flag ceremony, the traditional playing of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute. One member from each branch of the military will place a wreath on a grave.
About Wreaths Across America™
Wreaths Across America™, a non-profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program began with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington in 1992. The program was expanded in 2006 to create Wreaths Across America™, providing wreath donations nationwide. The wreath laying, held annually on the second Saturday of December, is now in its 19th year of existence with over 450,000 wreaths placed on a veteran’s grave.
For more information about Wreaths Across America, please visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Posted on December 7, 2010
by Prime Inc.