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Wreaths Across America began in 1992 with a trailer full of wreaths decorated by volunteers. Now a national organization with over 900 participating locations across the country and abroad, Wreaths Across America focuses on the mission to “Remember” our fallen veterans, “Honor” those who served, and “Teach ”our children the value of freedom.
On the heels of a gratifying 2015 Wreaths Across America campaign, the Buchheit Logistics team elected to commit more resources to the 2016 program. An additional Buchheit Logistics’ trailer was added to the cause. Three drivers participated in the 2016 mission to deliver 7500 wreaths used to honor veterans at 9 cemeteries throughout the region. The program, even in its infancy doubled in size. Now moving full steam ahead all Buchheit Logistics team members are motivated and inspired to honor the fallen heroes of our community.
On Monday, December 5th, Buchheit Logistics driver Jim Griffaw, a Cape Girardeau, MO native, and Army Veteran, left Scott City, Missouri and headed to Maine to pickup a load of wreaths for the region. Griffaw was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea and served during Operation Desert Storm with the 1st Armored Division in Germany. Griffaw has been on the Buchheit Logistics team for 12 years.
Griffaw’s journey back to Scott City was documented on social media and covered by regional and local media. John White, a St. James MO native and Veteran of the United States Marine Corp, who was assigned to marine Wing Support Squadron 271 serving bravely in Iraq in 2007 and has been part of the Buchheit team for 4 years. Additionally, Howard Hall of Sedgewickville MO, a Vietnam War Veteran who served with the 519th Support Battalion and committed Buchheit Logistics driver of 42 years delivered wreaths to cemeteries throughout the region.
Deliveries were made on December 14th, 15th and 17th, all with police escorts. The American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard Riders and others joined the escorts as the three logistics drivers made their journey for fallen heroes.
Wreaths were laid by volunteers all across America on December 17th, 2016, National Wreaths Across America Day. At 11 a.m., ceremonies were held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield and the national cemetery in Mound City Illinois, where the Buchheit Logistics team proudly showed their support.
Buchheit logistics traveled many miles in 2016, but no journey can compare to the 3,000 miles traveled to Columbia Falls, Maine in December. What makes this trip so significant? It was a journey of respect, honor and support for the men and women of our great country–those that paid the ultimate price for freedom. Buchheit Logistics proudly made this journey for Wreaths Across America.
This holiday season, please take time to Remember, Honor, and Teach. As you gather around your family, please take a moment to honor our Veterans and those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
All of us at Buchheit Logistics would like to wish our customers, family and friends a joyous holiday season and may God continue to bless America.