Big G Express January/February 2019

Jan/Feb 2019

HONORING THE FALLEN

BIG G EXPRESS DELIVERS WREATHS TO ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY FOR WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Big G Express is proud to be one of approximately 200 trucking companies who volunteered their time and trucks to help deliver around 1.8 million wreaths as part of the 2018 Wreaths Across America (WAA) national event, which honors fallen military members by laying wreaths down on their graves throughout America. On December 15th, National Wreaths Across America Day, wreaths were laid on an estimated 1.8 million soldiers’ graves across the country. Big G Express 2018 Driver of the Year and million-mile safe driver Eddie Lindsey was selected to deliver wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and participate in the WAA ceremony on December 15th. This was the fifth year Big G has participated in this event—Stephen Richardson (‘14), Danny Smith (‘15), Steve Caudle (‘16), Tim Chelette (‘17). Big G has also delivered loads to middle Tennessee cemeteries the past three years.

“Taking part with this organization was something I had wanted to do for a very long time,” Eddie states. “Participating in Wreaths Across America was an experience I’ll never forget, and something I will support for as long as I can. Being a Navy veteran myself, it meant the world to me.” Eddie picked up the wreaths at the Wreaths Across America headquarters in Columbia Falls, Maine, and made the trip south to Elkton, Maryland, where other drivers participating in the event gathered before they were scheduled to be escorted into Arlington National Cemetery on that Friday. Eddie says, “I met many amazing people along the way. The other drivers who participated were great people from all over, and just as excited as I was to be there.” The trucks were escorted into the cemetery and staged for the event, which would take place on Saturday morning. Drivers were shuttled back to the hotel, and took part in the WAA Banquet that night. “It was a fantastic occasion,” Eddie says. “Active military personnel and veterans were recognized, and each truck driver was called up and presented with a gift from the founders of the organization, Morrill and Karen Worcester, who were the nicest and most humble people. We all enjoyed some entertainment, which included a performance by country music singer Mark Willis. It was a great evening!”

On Saturday morning, the shuttle drove the truck drivers back to the cemetery, where they were met by assigned captains and volunteers

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