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Arpin supports ‘Wreaths Across America’ Day

Feb 18, 2016
Arpin Van Lines volunteered to transport 6,354 wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to be laid in memory of veterans during National Wreaths Across America Day on 12 December last year.

Steven Meyer, Van Operator, and his wife Angie, volunteered on behalf of Arpin Van Lines to drive the wreaths from Maine to Virginia. They also made stops to deliver wreaths at veteran cemeteries in Exeter and Newport, Rhode Island, as well as Baltimore, Maryland.  

At the final destination at Arlington, they helped unload and place the wreaths at gravestones with the aid of active members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families and community volunteers.  

"When we opened up the trailer to allow the families of fallen veterans to take the first wreaths, I was immediately overcome with emotion," said Steven. "My wife and I are very proud to have been a part of this occasion to honour our fallen heroes."  

The Arpin Charitable Fund got involved with Wreaths Across America by coordinating donations from team members. Over $2,000 was raised for wreaths to be placed at fallen heroes' gravesites at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter and Arlington National Cemetery. Donations arrived from Arpin agents, Arpin's management and staff, and the Arpin Charitable Fund.  

"This is our third year participating in this event and it has started to become a tradition among our drivers, agents and employees, who eagerly lend a helping hand by making donations or volunteering to unload and lay the wreaths at gravestones," said David Vieira, Vice President of Arpin Van Lines. "We are especially grateful to Steven Meyer for his dedication and leadership in coordinating Arpin's contribution to this important annual event."  

Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 800 cemeteries and military memorials in all 50 US states.

Photo: Steven Meyer.

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