2020 brought unprecedented challenges for people, companies and organizations across the world. Fortunately, Wreaths Across America was able to uphold its annual tradition of National Wreaths Across America Day on December 19, 2020 despite such challenges.
Every December, Wreaths Across America spreads its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more that 2,100 other locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.
2020 was J&M’s third year to participate in Wreaths Across America by helping deliver wreaths to locations in Florida. A J&M Kenworth T680 and a custom wrapped trailer are used to pick up wreaths and deliver them to different locations the week of National Wreaths Across America Day.
This year, J&M Sylacauga Driver and Army Veteran, James Wimmer was selected to deliver the wreaths on J&M’s behalf.
Wimmer first traveled to Mississippi to pick up J&M’s portion of the wreaths and then back to Birmingham where he stopped by J&M’s corporate office.
Wimmer then departed on his travels to Florida where he made deliveries in Alachua, Bronson, Keystone Heights and Ocala.
“Participating in the Wreaths Across America program is one of the most gratifying aspects of what I do.” Said Andrew Petrofsky of J&M Tank Lines. “It allows us an opportunity to honor our veterans who are not only part of the J&M family, but all the veterans across the country. Having a J&M Veteran driver be part of the Honor Fleet each year is a great recognition for the sacrifices he made and is a testament to our country.”
This year is the second year a J&M veteran has delivered wreaths for Wreaths Across America on behalf of J&M. Each year J&M participates, it is hoped the deliveries will be made by a J&M veteran who has volunteered for the cause.
“I come from a military family,” said Wimmer. “This is simply another way I can serve my country and honor those in my family and those I served with. Thank you J&M for this opportunity.”
If you are interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, or interested in making a donation, click here for more information.