Remember. Honor. Teach. These are the words painted on the sides of a special Chevrolet fleet this holiday season. Its mission? To support Wreaths Across America, an effort that honors U.S. military heroes who sacrificed themselves for our freedoms.
Next week, the special Chevy fleet will head out on a road trip to place over 700,000 wreaths at military cemeteries to honor U.S. troops. The journey begins Sunday, December 6th in Maine. It wraps up in Washington D.C. at the Arlington National Cemetery on the 12th. The road trip will stop at local schools and community centers on the route to teach remembrance and honor of our troops. Chevrolet employees, dealers, and volunteers will donate more than 13,000 wreaths along the way.
Morrill Worcester, a Maine businessman, launched Wreaths Across America in 1992. That year he and a handful of volunteers placed wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, the tradition has exploded. In 2008, Congress unanimously passed legislation to recognize Wreaths Across America Day each December. This year, it will be held on Saturday, December 12.
“We think it is so important to teach our younger generation that our freedoms are not free, and that the stories or our fallen and departed heroes should not be lost through the years. Laying those wreaths and paying tribute is a small way to show how grateful we are,” says Dan Adamcheck, Chevrolet regional sales and marketing manager.
In addition to its support for Wreaths Across America, Chevrolet has expanded its military discount program until January 4, 2016. It’s normally reserved for active-duty, reserves, retired personnel and veterans within a year of discharge. However, this discount also includes all 23 million veterans and their spouses. You can learn more by visiting ChevySalutes.com.
If you’re interested in joining Chevy to support Wreaths Across America, check out its site here. For more about the Wreaths of America program, check out the organization’s video below.