There are certain times of the year that are particularly special to all of us at Omnitracs, LLC and as we gear up for the holiday season, we look forward to our annual involvement with Wreaths Across America (WAA). For four years, Omnitracs has helped WAA carry out its mission to coordinate wreath laying ceremonies at the graves of fallen soldiers across the nation.
This year, thanks to a generous contribution from Qualcomm, Omnitracs will once again help WAA meet its goal to deliver more than 500,000 wreaths to 900 locations. On December 14, National Wreaths Across America Day, Omnitracs employees and other volunteers will lay remembrance wreaths of evergreen branches and a red bow on headstones at Miramar National Cemetery and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery in San Diego, symbolizing our gratitude for the sacrifice made by the men and women of our country’s armed forces.
WAA began its mission to remember, honor and teach in 1992, when Morrill Worcester, the owner of the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine realized he had a surplus of wreaths near the end of the holiday season. Worcester made arrangements for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery—a tradition that has continued year after year. Today, WAA is a non-profit organization, and the wreath laying has expanded and become a national tribute.
For many years, the trucking industry has played an integral role in support this special tribute and worthy organization. Hundreds of companies and professional truck drivers donate their time and trucks to help deliver thousands of these wreaths, year after year. The compassion and patriotism displayed by the trucking industry in this coordinated effort is immeasurable.
If you’re interested in seeing exactly how big an impact the trucking industry has had on this effort, we suggest taking a few moments to watch this touching video and interview produced by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), to help showcase the importance of this mission and the trucking industry involvement. Many of our customers are contributing to WAA’s efforts this year as well, and we are humbled to join them to help ensure the organization can continue its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
The holiday season brings with it a unique opportunity to express our gratitude, and I encourage you to show your support for our service men and women, by participating in WAA’s efforts in any way you can. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering in your community on December 14 or how to make a donation to the organization, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org .