It’s a matter of pride.
I drive trucks for a living. My cargo is Poland Spring water, and I deliver it all over the Northeast. But in the winter of 2016 it was something else entirely. I was selected to be one of ten drivers to embark on a special journey, leaving my regular shipment behind and instead heading out on the road carrying 4,000 wreaths as part of the Wreaths Across America project.
But I wasn’t the first. I greatly respect the three drivers that participated before me, and we’ve all been proud to represent Poland Spring in the convoy to Arlington. Mike, with over 30 years of dedication to Poland Spring and a veteran, was the first to participate in 2013. Scott and Brett, both with over 20 years at the company, took on the honor the next two years.
After talking to the guys, I knew this was going to be a memorable trip, so I invited my teenage son to ride with me. We started off in Columbia Falls, Maine, and drove all the way down to Arlington National Cemetery. All in all, it took us a week to get down there. We stopped at VFW and American Legion halls to honor local veterans lost to war with wreaths, and to thank those organizations for their support. We also stopped at schools to teach younger generations to remember the fallen, honor their service, and to learn the value of freedom. And everywhere we looked, people were waving American flags in support. The whole experience left me with an overwhelming sense of pride that I’ll never forget.