TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands, has announced it will again participate in supporting ‘National Wreaths Across America Day,’ a day earmarked each December by the Wreaths Across America (WAA) organization to honor fallen veterans. On Saturday, December 15, the organization will coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as well as hundreds of other veteran cemeteries nationwide.
On December 12, volunteers and veterans invited by WAA will stop at the Petro location on I-295 in Bordentown, NJ, where they will be welcomed and served dinner at the travel center’s Iron Skillet® restaurant. The WAA message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes and honoring those who served also will be shared.
“It’s our privilege to support the Wreaths Across America organization by opening our doors to provide them with meals and a place to stop, rest and share their message,” said Barry Richards, President and COO of TravelCenters. “The WAA mission to remember and honor those who have died while serving in our military is important and one we share throughout the year in our travel centers,” he added.
Tens of thousands of volunteers, including professional truck drivers, are expected to deliver and help place more than 250,000 veteran wreaths at Arlington on December 15. Dozens of trucking companies have also contributed to the effort through donations of trucks, drivers’ time and fuel.
Wreaths Across America also coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at over 1,500 veteran cemeteries across the country during December. The Wreaths Across America organization is a not-for-profit charity whose activities are made possible by volunteers who raise funds to sponsor the wreaths and participate in the events.