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Motivated and dedicated patriots across the country and at locations overseas power the Maine-based nonprofit organization. The mission to remember, honor, and teach is carried out daily by millions of citizens who care deeply for those who have served our nation in the armed forces, and their families. Some of these remarkable individuals are veterans themselves or come from military families while others are driven by a deep sense of patriotism and community service. 

Placing fresh, hand-made balsam remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans across the country in December requires tremendous logistics and unyielding support from the trucking industry.

Wreaths Across America shows its gratitude and appreciation for all those involved in transporting America's respect with "Trucking Tributes." These stories will introduce you to the men and women of the industry who make the mission possible.

Wreaths Across America announces that it has accepted with gratitude a contribution of $50,000 from the National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT) and NAIT's insurance partners TransGuard, and IAT Insurance Group. The contribution from NAIT and its partners is their second annual donation and will help WAA in its mission to honor fallen military services members across the United States with wreath-laying ceremonies this December at Arlington and hundreds of other locations as part of its National Wreaths Across America Day.

The donations from NAIT and NAIT’s insurance partners TransGuard and IAT Insurance Group began last year when they contributed $50,000 to WAA’s 2016 event, in which 1.2 million wreaths placed on the headstones of veterans at more than 1,230 cemeteries around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made by fallen soldiers. This year, NAIT and NAIT’s insurance partners TransGuard and IAT Insurance Group will help offset the fuel cost for independent truck owners/operators who want to ensure that WAA’s mission to Remember, Honor, Teach is met through this annual journey of remembrance. The contribution will be used to purchase the fuel needed by NAIT members and other owners/operators to carry the wreaths from Maine to two important cross-docks in Richland, Miss., and St. Louis, Mo., the gateways for the wreaths’ journey to the West Coast and South.

“All of us at NAIT, and our partners are proud to participate and help honor the men and women who have valiantly served our country. This contribution, like the one we made last year, will help provide an opportunity for professional drivers to transport wreaths across the United States. Many employees of NAIT and our partners will be participating in the placing of wreaths on the graves of veterans across the country,” said David King, VP Business Development for NAIT.

Joining together with other members of the trucking industry, NAIT, NAIT’s insurance partners TransGuard and IAT Insurance Group will play a vital role in this year’s December 16, 2017, National Wreaths Across America Day tribute, with hundreds of companies and professional drivers donating their time, trucks and fuel to transport thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and other national cemeteries across the country.

“The generosity of NAIT and NAIT’s insurance partners TransGuard and IAT Insurance Group will allow owner/operator volunteers to haul the wreaths from Maine to warehouses in Missouri and Mississippi, where other volunteers will bring them to locations throughout the South and across the West Coast,” said Debbie Sparks, director of transportation for Wreaths Across America and Vice President of Development for the Truckload Carriers Association. “Our reliance on independent truck owners/operators cannot be understated when talking about the success of National Wreaths Across America Day. We are thankful for their generosity.”

IAT Insurance Group has chosen to include WAA in its Giving Week, which encourages employees to donate to charitable causes. Last year, IAT’s Kansas City office and Lancaster Retail Truck team participated in National Wreaths Across America Day. For 2017, all of IAT’s office locations will be involved in the event. 

Thank you, NAIT, TransGuard, and IAT Insurance Group for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from David and our other patriots in our "Trucking Tributes" on Wreaths Across America Radio at 11:00 AM and again at 4:00 PM Eastern Monday-Friday.

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