More Than a Wreath: The Journey to Honor Our Nation’s Veterans

By Reginald Askew
December 23, 2016
Trucks in a line driving down a highway

Dying twice: It happens when a person takes his final breath, and later, the last time his name is spoken.

Editor’s note: This post was updated Dec. 12, 2017 to reflect our most recent contributions. Since we began our involvement 10 years ago, we have donated over $4.5 million in wreaths and in-kind transportation costs.

It’s a philosophy that illustrates the importance of not just going through the motions of commemorating our fallen soldiers, but instead taking time to truly honor and remember them.

It is for this reason that Wreaths Across America, an organization that works to honor those who served and teach future generations about their sacrifices, encourages every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran’s grave to say that veteran’s name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country.

Walmart has contributed for many years, and this year donated the services of 16 tractor-trailers and associate truck drivers to transport more than 85,000 wreaths across the country to 20 national cemeteries. The company also provided $215,000 to help purchase over 23,000 wreaths for placement at national cemeteries and memorial sites across the U.S., including Arlington National Cemetery.

Supporting Wreaths Across America is just one way we’re working to honor veterans and military families. Watch as our drivers explain why they’re proud to help carry out this tradition.

Learn more about Wreaths across America at WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.