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Titan Transfer honors veterans

Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Titan Transfer Inc. participated this year in the national Wreaths Across America Day.
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Last month, Titan Transfer, Inc. was one of 65 trucking companies that hauled 126 loads of fresh remembrance wreaths (about 610,000 in all) to be laid on graves at more than 800 veterans' cemeteries across the nation. Each cemetery conducted its own special event and wreath-laying ceremonies last month, as part of Wreaths Across America Day.

Titan Transfer President Phillip Edwards stated "It was indeed an honor for Titan Transfer to play a small part in this meaningful program. By our donating some equipment and manpower we were able to allow several families to remember their loved ones during this time of year."

The tradition of laying wreaths began in 1992 when the owner of Worcester Wreath Co. found a surplus of leftover wreaths available near the end of the holiday season. Arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of Arlington National Cemetery. In 2005, a photo of snow-covered gravestones adorned with wreaths gained national attention and thus a non-profit organization now called Wreaths Across America was formed.

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Wayne Lamb spent several years during Memorial Day traveling by motorcycle from Bedford County to Washington DC to help place flags on veterans' graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
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For Titan's participation in the program, two separate loads were picked up in Columbia, Maine, in December. The first load was picked up on the 11th and delivered directly to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, Pa. The second load had several stops involved and was of particular importance to those involved in the delivery of the wreaths.

After being picked up in Maine, the load of wreaths was taken to Titan's facility in Williamsport, Maryland. The next leg of the journey entailed two stops, one each in Kentucky and East Tennessee.

Titan driver Mary Smith was dispatched on the load and her first stop was in her hometown of Grayson, Ky., and the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast.

Stated Smith, "It was an honor for me to be able to deliver over 500 wreaths in my hometown. Being able to visit with family and friends and help them honor our veterans was very gratifying to me."

After another stop in Johnson City, at the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Smith brought the remaining load to Middle Tennessee and handed it to Wayne Lamb. Lamb, a patriotic individual himself, was a natural selection to handle the last two stops of this load. Lamb spent several years during Memorial Day traveling by motorcycle from Bedford County to Washington DC to help place flags on veterans' graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

The final two stops were at locations in Memphis -- Memphis National Cemetery and West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Lamb was escorted by a group of veterans aboard motorcycles, the West Tennessee Patriot Guard Riders, to his destination.

Lamb was grateful to take part in the process stating, "I cannot think of a more meaningful trip to be assigned to than one that honors those who have served our country. As I was escorted down the road I took great pride in the small part I played in the entire Wreaths Across America program."

Stated Edwards, "We at Titan are proud to be a part of this program and look forward to taking part in it for years to come."