This past weekend we had the pleasure of delivering wreaths for Wreaths Across America for the third year in a row. Wreaths Across America is an organization that coordinates the donation, delivery and laying of wreaths on the graves of veterans at 1,400 locations across the country each December. In previous years we assisted with the coordination at a location in eastern North Carolina, and this time we were able to assist with the event at Raleigh National Cemetery thanks to a serendipitous connection.
Back in November, teachers at Cleveland High School in Clayton, NC, learned that the trucking company who usually delivered the wreaths from their school was unable to participate this year. One of these teachers, Wendy Willberg, is married to Scott Willberg, a Red Classic driver and Air Force veteran. Passionate about this great cause, Mr. and Mrs. Willberg spoke with the Wreaths Across America Raleigh event organizers and our Red Classic Operations group to connect the groups together.
On December 13, we dropped our trailer in the Cleveland High School parking lot for event organizers to load the wreaths. Come Saturday morning, delivery day, Scott had gathered a lively group to honor the sendoff of the wreaths as they made their way to Raleigh National Cemetery in one of our patriotic trailers. Cleveland High School’s Junior ROTC was there in full uniform giving a respectful salute. The sendoff was made even more special by the fact that Scott’s sons, Andrew and Cody, were there. Cody is a senior student at Cleveland High School, and Andrew is a member of the Junior ROTC.
Scott didn’t make the journey alone – he was escorted by the Revenant Warriors Motorcycle Organization and Patriot Guard Riders. Both organizations actively serve their communities by supporting veterans and their families and honoring veterans who have passed on. Upon their arrival, volunteers were ready to unload and lay the wreaths on each grave in the cemetery. Due to the same-day delivery, our Red Classic teammates were able to join in this special portion of the event.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to make this event a success and to Wreaths Across America for bringing us all together for this great cause. Most importantly, we want to thank our military servicemen and women who sacrificed to protect our freedom. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten or taken for granted.