This is the third consecutive year, we are donating transportation services to Wreaths Across America (WAA) and once again our WAA truck will be a part of the large convoy of trucks driving from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. The convoy will help deliver what is expected to be more than 100,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013 – National Wreaths Across America Day.
Making the 750-mile, one-week pilgrimage from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery for us is Joe Masse. He joins our honored list of Wreaths Across America drivers. Masse is a Class-A Route Sales Driver for Oakhurst and has been with the company for 37 years. Typically he drives in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts delivering primarily to supermarkets. He lives in Spingvale, Maine. On the first day of the week-long trip from Harrington, Maine to Portland, Masse plans to bring his grandson Parker Eckert along for the ride. They’ll both participate in events such as the stop at the Ellsworth American Legion Hall, the parade in Camden and the Cabela’s Wreaths Across America Ceremony. In Portland, Masse’s girlfriend Heidi Kleiner, from Brunswick will join him for the remainder of the trip.
We asked Joe was this journey means to him.
Why is important to be involved in the WAA effort and what does it mean to you to be able to participate as the Oakhurst driver?
This is an opportunity to participate in something meaningful and good. It is an honor to be a part of it.
The Oakhurst WAA truck will be part of the big convoy of trucks this year? What part of the experience are you most looking forward to?
Seeing all the wreaths after they are placed at Arlington.
How are you preparing for this journey? Is there anything special you are bringing with you (i.e. token from a veteran, something meaningful to this experience)?
I have reviewed a bunch of material from previous years. I am not bringing anything with me, but would like to place a wreath on a site of someone who is from my hometown.
What do you think a typical day on the road be like for you?
In one word — Humbling !!!!
Masse and other Oakhurst employees attending the National Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony plan to personally honor up to 50 fallen Maine and New Hampshire veterans by placing wreaths at their graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Oakhurst has established a Veterans Remembrance Wreath Memorial initiative in support of the WAA mission. Oakhurst plans to donate up to 50 Maine-made wreaths through Wreaths Across America and transport them along with the thousands of wreaths it will carry in its truck to Arlington National Cemetery. Oakhurst employees will personally place each of the wreaths upon request from New England families. Based on suggestions from our Facebook page, we extended our Veterans Remembrance Wreath Memorial initiative to families with fallen heroes buried at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. During the first day of the convoy to Arlington, we will transport as many wreaths as we can fit in a vehicle travelling with the convoy and make a stop in Augusta to place the wreaths.
A photograph of the wreaths on each headstone will be taken and posted on Oakhurst’s website. New England families interested in requesting one of the Veterans Remembrance Wreaths for either location should visit http://www.oakhurstdairy.com/waa/wreathrequest.php and complete the request form. Please be sure to provide as much detail as possible regarding the site location in the cemetery.
Oakhurst has created a dedicated trailer design that is used in daily business operations to honor the WAA mission. To commemorate the trip and share the experience with employees, customers and the general public, live video during the 750-mile drive to Arlington will be available via a dedicated website: http://waa.oakhurstdairy.com/. Images and multi-media will also be posted on our Natural Goodness blog and our Facebook page.
Individual wreath sponsorships are $15. To sponsor a wreath or make a donation visit www.waastore.com.