Four-Star General Praises TCA and the Trucking Industry for their Support of Wreaths Across America and National Wreaths Across America Day


Alexandria, Virginia:

On Friday evening, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Daniel B. Allyn, applauded the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and the trucking industry for their deep commitment to Wreaths Across America (WAA). His remarks were made in front of approx. 500 volunteers involved with the truck convoy and wreath-laying activities associated with National Wreaths Across America Day. The volunteer reception and dinner took place at the Hilton Crystal City and were hosted by TCA and WAA, with sponsorship by Pilot Flying J.

Allyn spoke of the importance of remembering those who gave their lives to preserve America’s freedom. He emphasized that the act of laying fresh remembrance wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and other veterans’ cemeteries across the nation on National Wreaths Across America Day is a meaningful way to remember the fallen. Allyn also stressed the importance of teaching our children to respect the sacrifices made by these selfless Americans. He praised TCA and the trucking industry for donating an estimated $1 million in funds, manpower, fuel, and equipment since September 2016 to support WAA’s efforts.

Russell Stubbs, TCA’s chairman and a third-generation motor carrier leader, said, “I was honored to hear a four-star general give his heartfelt thanks to our industry. It made me proud to be involved with Wreaths Across America, especially for this third consecutive year in which all graves at Arlington National Cemetery received wreaths. We’ve come such a long way in our work with WAA and in building partnerships to further their cause.”

Before the start of the dinner, Wendy Hamilton, senior manager of sales and marketing with Pilot Flying J and emcee of the night’s festivities, noted that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Morrill Worcester first laying wreaths at ANC. She acknowledged some of the special guests in the room, which included HMX1 and commemorative air force pilots, Miss District of Columbia Cierra Jackson, members of the American Gold Star Mothers, the Worcester family, professional truck drivers who hauled the wreaths from Maine to Arlington, police, and other key volunteers who made National Wreaths Across America Day possible.

When long-time WAA supporter Cari Baylor, vice president of Baylor Trucking of Milan, Indiana, came to the podium to say the blessing before the meal, Hamilton told an interesting story. Apparently, it was Baylor’s idea to decorate the Wheel in National Harbor – a huge Ferris wheel overlooking the Potomac River and parts of Washington D.C. – with “The National Wreath.” Because of her unique thinking, The Wheel was lit with the green and red of the holiday season for the first five minutes of each hour which concluded on Sunday, December 18th.

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