Wreaths Across America receives no government funding to support operations. 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.

As the song lyric says "I get by with a little help from my friends," and the friendship Wreaths Across America has with the nation's trucking industry is a phenomenal story of volunteerism powered by patriotism and pride and it is growing every year.

When you sponsor a veterans remembrance wreath for fifteen dollars to pay tribute to one of your hometown veterans, or a fallen hero resting in Arlington National Cemetery it requires transport to your location from Columbia Falls, Maine where it's hand-made fresh for your ceremony on National Wreaths Across America Day in December.

One trucking icon in the Northeast, Barry Pottle President and CEO of Pottle's Transportation, was immediately drawn in by the mission objectives to remember, honor and teach and he shared his passion for the cause with others in the trucking industry encouraging them to step up to transport America's respect.

"That first year Morrill asked me to donate a truck to Arlington. The more I got involved and understood what Wreaths Across America was all about, and as the past chair of the Truckload Carriers Association and involved with the American Trucking Association I knew I had the contacts in the trucking industry," Barry explains of his initial involvement with the organization. "I just had to get people to believe in Wreaths Across America they way I did."

Barry has been instrumental in getting others to participate in the annual tribute. In the past, if a driver or company wanted to be involved but didn't have the appropriate transport equipment Barry would donate one of his trailers so they could participate in hauling America's respect. In 2015, Barry combined forces with Chevrolet to present a specially wrapped trailer for Gold Star Father and driver Scott Harris.

Barry says he feels blessed members of his family have served, and there are several veterans among his employees. He says his life took another path right out of high school when he got his first truck and became the next generation of Pottles to work in the trucking industry. Had that not happened Barry thinks he would have served in the military. His involvement with Wreaths Across America is his way of giving back and showing his gratitude for the service of others.

In addition to transporting multiple loads of wreaths in December, Barry serves on the Wreaths Across America Board of Directors.

"I think younger people need to understand there's a cost for our freedoms and often it's the lives of the men and women who are willing to step up and serve in our country's military."

Thank you, Barry Pottle and Pottle's Transportation for your tireless patriotism and support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

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

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