It’s a huge honor to be Schneider’s 2016 Ride of Pride driver, and today I’m excited to reflect back on one of the highlights during my yearlong adventure: Wreaths Across America 2016 (December 10-17).
I encourage you to read the account below first and then watch me describe more about the experience on Schneider’s first Facebook Live (embedded below).
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It was the 25th anniversary of Wreaths Across America, which started as a simple family tradition placing a few thousand wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Now, it’s a nationwide tribute to fallen military veterans, placing 1.2 million wreaths on veterans’ graves at over 1,200 locations. Together, we remember our fallen veterans, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.
I had the privilege of being in the Maine-to-Washington, D.C. convoy
As I described more in Schneider’s first Facebook Live video (see below), it was quite a scene to behold: Hundreds of people lining the roads waving flags, firetrucks extending flags over the road with ladders and ceremonies in various cities along the route. Every stop was unique and special.
Arlington was just as amazing.
I can join with Schneider’s previous Ride of Pride drivers (2015 driver Jay Hull’s story, 2013 driver Chuck Ceccacci’s story) in saying that it was a tremendous honor to participate, and I will be involved in Wreaths Across America for the rest of my life.
Watch the Facebook Live below and check out the Wreaths Across America photos on the Ride of Pride Facebook page.
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Learn more about the history of the program, previous drivers and how to follow the trucks as they ride across the country.
Wreaths Across America gets bigger and better every year. Would you consider donating or volunteering for Wreaths Across America in 2017? Any questions about the experience? Comment below. And don’t forget to share your ideas for future Schneider Facebook Live videos.