It is an annual event, which Arpin volunteers look forward to participating in every year. Wreaths Across America Day wreath laying ceremonies took place on Saturday, December 14, all over the country. This year, Arpin drivers and agents were honored to transport 132,000 wreaths to 40 different veteran cemeteries across the United States. The Arpin Charitable Fund was an official fundraising sponsor of the event.
Participants this year included Arpin Van Lines’ owner/operators, Steven Meyer, Chris McDonald, Steve Douglas, James and Carol Dunton, Reginald Daniely, Steven Gardiner, Jr., Gary Gordon and company driver, Eddie Cooper as well as agency representatives from Apple Transfer, Hampton Roads Moving & Storage, Greater Dayton Moving & Storage, Arpin of Rhode Island, Liberty Moving & Storage, Mark’s Moving and Storage, and McGuire Moving & Storage.
As in previous years, several Arpin Van Lines’ owner/operators, Steve Meyer and Chris McDonald as well as Joe Garlick, Paula Wagner, and John Stone, all of Apple Transfer decided to travel to the event together. Also joining the fleet this year was Pedro Cantu, an Allied Van Lines’ owner/operator. “It is so wonderful to see our very own agents and drivers participating in this worthy cause once again this year,” said David Arpin, President and CEO of Arpin Group. “Also rewarding, is that we have such good relationships with fellow van lines such as Allied. We are grateful to be able to come together on this mission.”
The drivers began their journey on December 5, at Arpin’s headquarters in West Warwick, Rhode Island, where they gathered to speak to and each other and be interviewed by Peter Arpin about the charitable work they were to take part in. They then created a convoy of trucks and drove to Columbia Falls, Maine to collect the hand-made remembrance wreaths. Once loaded, the drivers went their separate ways to transport the wreaths to veteran cemeteries throughout the United States.
Consequently, the work they are doing did not go unnoticed and several Arpin drivers were featured on local news outlets. Steve Meyer, who has been playing a large part in this event for many years, was featured speaking about the event for WJAR NBC10 in Rhode Island. The same week, Chris McDonald was able to promote awareness in southern Florida on their local news station, WPTV NBC5. With all of the press, Arpin volunteers hope to bring even more awareness for Wreaths Across America’s mission to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.”