12 Years . . . And Counting!
Saddle Creek Logistics Services and its associates have proudly supported Wreaths Across America for the past 11 years.
In the summer of 2006, a local group of U.S. Military Veterans came across the Wreaths Across America website. It did not take long for the three men to realize that the Florida National Cemetery, located in Bushnell, FL had not been “sponsored” (enrolled) to receive wreaths. So with pride, honor, and ambition, the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club (USMVMC) led by the late Jack “Breakdown” Sellers, USMVMC President and a longtime driver with Saddle Creek Transportation, Inc., Saddle Creek associates and others rolled up their sleeves and got to work…determined to honor their fallen Brothers and Sisters in December 2006. That first year was small – 40 people stood in the pouring rain and watched in silence as the USMVMC conducted Bushnell’s first Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony. With honor and dignity we placed 7 Ceremonial Wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as the POW/MIAs).
In 2007, with the help of the Civil Air Patrol and a few other groups, we placed 88 holiday wreaths on the graves. Each year we have gotten bigger and better. Last year, in 2016, the Bushnell ceremony was attended by approximately 12,000 people who assisted in laying over 14,000 wreaths.
On December 16, 2017 Saddle Creek trucks will be transporting wreaths to the Florida National Cemetery. Saddle Creek associates will once again join thousands of volunteers, Veterans, Active-Duty Military and their families across America, Hawaii and Puerto Rico…and YOU are invited! Join us as we escort the trucks and assist in laying the wreaths on the gravesites of our fallen heroes.
Did you know there are approximately 120,000 gravesites at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL? 108,000 of those are for Veterans. It is our sincere hope to one day be able to honor every fallen hero who has been laid to rest at Bushnell by being able to adorn each and every grave with a Remembrance Wreath during the annual WAA ceremony. We can make “one day” happen today with your support.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of Wreaths Across America, please click here.
Wreaths Across America 12/12/15 Escort leaving from Lakeland, FL to Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL from Saddle Creek Logistics Services on Vimeo.