Wreaths Across America Receives Support from Pilot Company to Remember and Honor Military Veterans

Published 2:10 pm Friday, December 2, 2022

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Wreaths Across America announced on Friday Pilot Company’s sponsorship of Wreaths Across America Radio and its live coverage of the 2022 Escort to Arlington. The “Escort to Arlington” has become a weeklong tradition of support and remembrance for our nation’s heroes in the trucking industry as professional truck drivers volunteer to haul veterans’ wreaths to participating locations across the country.

On the way to delivering veterans’ wreaths for placement at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day – this year on Saturday, December 17, 2022 – the escort stops at schools and monuments in various communities along the East Coast route to share the organization’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach about our nation’s heroes.

“It is partners like Pilot Company that continue to step up and amaze us with their generosity, not just with the financial support of sponsoring veterans’ wreaths, but in their commitment to the veterans in the industry and in their communities that deserve recognition,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America. “The support of Wreaths Radio’s live escort coverage is more than we could have expected, and we are grateful to Pilot Company and all the professional drivers and carriers that help us move the mission.”


In addition to the sponsorship of the weeklong live broadcasts on Wreaths Across America Radio, Pilot Company funds the placement of more than 1,300 veterans’wreaths at participating cemeteries across Tennessee. The company is also continuing its long-standing tradition of partnering with Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) to support Wreaths Across America’s celebration of veterans in the trucking industry by sponsoring the annual Appreciation Dinner held in Arlington, Virginia, the night before National Wreaths Across America Day. One of Pilot Company’s own drivers will participate in the hauling of wreaths from Maine to the company’s hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, in a custom-wrapped Wreaths Across America trailer.

“As we head into the holidays, it is important that we take time to remember and recognize all of our veterans, past and present, for the peace, safety and freedom we have in this country,” said Jordan Spradling, VP of Transportation at Pilot Company. “On behalf of all of us here at Pilot, thank you to all our service members out there for your service and sacrifice for our country. We are honored to be a part of Wreaths Across America’s mission and be able to remember and pay our respects this holiday season by placing wreaths on the final resting place of our nation’s heroes.”


To learn more about Pilot Company and its commitment to giving back, visit pilotcompany.com/about.


You can listen to Wreaths Across America Radio’s 24/7 internet stream anytime and anywhere on the iHeart Radio app, Audacy app, TuneIn app, or at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio.

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About Pilot Company

Pilot Travel Centers LLC (Pilot Company”) keeps North Americas drivers moving as one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company has grown its network to more than 800 retail and fueling locations and supplies more than 14 billion gallons of fuel per year to the market. Pilot Company has fourth largest tanker fleet with more than 1,600 trucks that supply DEF, bio and renewable fuels, and provides hauling and disposal services to the oil field sector. Pilot Company serves 1.3 million guests daily and provides over 70,000 fleet customers with fuel, credit, factoring, services and rewards solutions. Its Pilot and Flying J travel center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 790 restaurants, 75,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and offers truck maintenance and tire service with Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. The One9 Fuel Network connects a variety of fueling locations to provide smaller fleets and independent professional drivers with everyday value, convenience, credit and perks. More information on locations and rewards are available in the myRewards PlusTM app.

Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. For additional information about Pilot Company, its 30,000 team members and commitment to giving back, visit www.pilotcompany.com.


About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organizations mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. 

For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.