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.

Tim O'Hea Jr. is the Director of Transportation for Perdue Farms, and he has military service in his familial background. His grandfather, retired U.S. Army Col. Charles O'Hea, served during World War II and his father, Timothy O'Hea Sr. served in the National Guard.

Perdue Farms has supported the Wreaths Across America mission for 11 years, and Tim's been involved for the last six years since joining the Perdue team.

In addition to the transporting truckloads of veterans' remembrance wreaths every December, Perdue employees started a ceremony in Salisbury, Md., at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial.

"It was such an honor being there because we had so many other veterans besides our drivers there and seeing them attend and hearing some of the stories they shared about where they served was very touching," shares Tim. "It's helping families who have lost loved ones that we remember them and how significant they were in their life and that we remember and talk about their sacrifices for our nation."

Tim says he's proud of Perdue for stepping up for Wreaths Across America.

"I think we're doing the right thing and I'm glad to have this opportunity to express my gratitude that our drivers have served our nation and they volunteer their time to participate in wreath-laying ceremonies, and the wreath distribution process throughout the country."

It's Tim's colleague George Coffin, Driver Advocate for Perdue, who helps coordinate the drivers for the wreaths mission.

"Perdue has eight drivers who deliver wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, West Point, Annapolis and five other veterans' cemeteries in our area," George states. "This year I understand they need more trucks, so we'll probably add another three or four."

The Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach touches the Perdue Farms family deeply. George served in the United States Army for eight years and was on the road as a professional driver for 22 years before assuming the role of driver advocate and events coordinator for the company.

"I always choose our drivers who are military veterans for these loads and they are proud and honored to have the opportunity to recognize our fallen heroes and their families."

Perdue's driving fleet consists of 217 drivers 61 of whom are military veterans.

"Veterans always make very good employees, and we're honored to hire them," George emphatically states with pride.

We often ask our volunteers if they can explain "the power of the wreath" and it elicits unique and personal responses.

After a big sigh, George stated, "No ma'am, I can't." Then he immediately followed up with, "I don't know exactly how to put it but it just does your heart good, and that wreath means a lot to me. To get the opportunity to lay that wreath at a veterans' cemetery or a war memorial is an outstanding feeling."

Thank you, Tim, George, and the entire Perdue team for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Tim, George 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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