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Eastbound and Down – AMU-Wrapped Wreaths Across America Truck on the Road (again)

By Wes O’Donnell
Managing Editor, Edge

Few things are as humbling as a national cemetery. There is a certain solemnity to a visit there as if the Earth’s gravity were somehow stronger at these poignant locations.

To most Americans, these hallowed grounds are worth visiting and paying respects to the servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

However, there is an ongoing annual event that takes place in December that goes one step further. Each year, thousands of volunteers descend on select national cemeteries to place wreaths at the graves of our fallen heroes.

This event is called Wreaths Across America.

How to Volunteer to Lay Wreaths at a National Cemetary

Please join American Military University and American Public University as we Remember, Honor, and Teach on December 18, 2021, at 08:00 am by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or inviting friends to help.


Transporting Wreaths Across the Country

But the wreaths don’t magically appear at the sites on their own; a dozen or so dedicated driving teams take to the roads to deliver the wreaths to waiting volunteers.

One such driving team, military veterans Robyn and Doug Hyde are delivering wreaths this year to several sites, and have sent us pictures from their journey.

After picking up the AMU trailer in Indiana, Robyn and Doug got it freshened up at a truck wash in Ohio on their way to Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York later this week.

Honoring the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm. Courtesy Robyn and Doug Hyde
At the truck wash. Courtesy Robyn and Doug Hyde
Showing their AMU pride. Courtesy Robyn and Doug Hyde

Please help us support all the locations that American Public University System supports on Wreaths Across America day.

Wes O'Donnell

Wes O’Donnell is an Army and Air Force veteran and writer covering military and tech topics. As a sought-after professional speaker, Wes has presented at U.S. Air Force Academy, Fortune 500 companies, and TEDx, covering trending topics from data visualization to leadership and veterans’ advocacy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning short film, “Memorial Day.”

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