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More Volunteers Needed to Distribute Wreaths on Veteran Gravesites

Chattanooga, TN. (December 7, 2018) – On Saturday, December 15, more than a dozen area volunteer organizations (including the Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, Navy Sea Cadets, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Patriot Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, employees from U.S. Xpress and more) will be participating in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) ceremony distributing wreaths on gravesites at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Special guests participating in this year’s ceremony include U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Chris Cotton, who will deliver the keynote address. During the ceremony, representatives wearing WWI period costumes in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day will place seven ceremonial wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA to remember those who served, honor their sacrifices and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms. The placing of these wreaths will be coordinated simultaneously at over 1,400 participating locations all across the country.

Last year, 18,000 wreaths were placed on the gravesites of our veterans laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery. This year, Chattanooga WAA has received more local donations than ever before, and while the final number for this year has yet to be determined, Civil Air Patrol Maj. Marty Nix, WAA Location Coordinator, is looking forward to covering many more gravestones this year. Nix said, “We hope that we will never have to choose again how to distribute wreaths throughout the cemetery because we will be able to cover them all.”

The need for volunteers will be greater this year due to the increased number of wreaths projected. Volunteers wanting to place wreaths should plan to stay for a couple hours after the 12:00 p.m. ceremony. Nix said, “We’ll need lots of help placing the wreaths at veterans’ headstones, and we hope to get them all placed within two or three hours.”

Off-site parking will be available on Saturday, December 15th, one mile south of the cemetery at the National Guard Armory. A free shuttle bus will be available take everyone to the cemetery, starting at 8:00 a.m. and running until all wreaths are placed in the afternoon. Additional information about parking and directions to the Armory can be found at www.chattanoogawaa.com.

U.S. Xpress President and CEO Eric Fuller said, “We’re honored to assist Wreaths Across America with transportation to locations, including Chattanooga National Cemetery. As a company, this effort is one of many ways we pay our respects to veterans and their families.”

The Wreaths Across America story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.

“Wreaths Across America exists today because of the individuals and communities across the country who want to do something to show their gratitude,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Placing a wreath is a simple gesture, but people coming together across the country to Remember, Honor and Teach, is what makes us all a part of a larger community of Americans.”

A full schedule of the day’s events can be found below.

About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or sign up to volunteer, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

About U.S. Xpress:
Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) is the nation’s fifth largest asset‐based truckload carrier by revenue, providing services primarily throughout the United States. We offer customers a broad portfolio of services using our own truckload fleet and third‐party carriers through our non‐asset‐based truck brokerage network. Our modern fleet of tractors is backed up by a team of committed professionals whose focus lies squarely on meeting the needs of our customers and our drivers. For more information visit www.usxpress.com.

Fact sheet and schedule
What: Wreaths Across America ceremony honoring service members with wreath-laying event

Where: Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave., Chattanooga, TN, 37404

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, with trucks arriving at Chattanooga National Cemetery at approximately 8 a.m. and ceremony beginning at 12 p.m. (full schedule below)

Who: Family members of fallen service members and all volunteers are welcome to lay wreaths.

Partners: Wreaths Across America, Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga Area Veterans Council, U.S. Xpress, and many additional business sponsors, service providers and fundraising groups.

Schedule of events
7 a.m. – A wreath-laden truck sponsored by U.S. Xpress will depart from the company headquarters, located at 4080 Jenkins Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. The Chattanooga Police Department will escort the truck from there to Chattanooga National Cemetery.

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Wreaths will arrive at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Unloading will begin immediately. Volunteers are asked to be at Chattanooga National Cemetery at this time to assist with unloading.

12:00 p.m. – The ceremony begins. There will be a call to order followed by a moment of silence observed simultaneously at over 1,400 locations. After the national anthem, there will be an address and artillery salute.

12:20 p.m. – Family members that have previously sponsored wreaths for a specific headstone will begin laying wreaths on gravesites in honor of, and in celebration, of the lives of fallen service members. We also need hundreds of volunteers will help place the remainder of the wreaths on thousands of gravestones until all the wreaths are placed, up to an additional two or three hours. Shuttles buses will run, taking volunteers back to their cars, until the last wreath is placed.

For further information about the Chattanooga event, including directions and parking, visit
www.chattanoogawaa.com or www.facebook.com/WreathsAcrossChattanooga.

You may also contact:
Maj. Marty Nix, CAP
WAA Location Coordinator for Chattanooga National Cemetery
Phone: (423) 667-0399
Email: mnix@bargerandnixorgans.com

For further information about Wreaths Across America Program, visit

For further information about transportation, please contact:

Danna Bailey
VP, Corporate Communications
U.S. Xpress
Phone: 423-510-3814
Email: dbailey@usxpress.com

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