Perdue Farms brings Wreaths Across America to Salisbury, Md., with ceremony at Wicomico War Veterans Memorial
Salisbury, Maryland (Tuesday, December 6, 2016) — On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Perdue Farms and its professional truck drivers will conduct a public wreath-laying ceremony at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial here as part of the annual Wreaths Across America™ (WAA) tradition of remembering our fallen veterans during the holiday season.
The public is invited to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony at the memorial located in front of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. The ceremony will include placement of seven ceremonial wreaths at the War Memorial by Perdue drivers, who are veterans themselves and who will help deliver more than 25,000 wreaths to cemeteries.
“When you think of the thousands of people who are serving in the military all around the world and the sacrifices that they and their families are making at this time of the year, the ability for us to help share and show respect for that sacrifice is really important, especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and are memorialized at Wicomico War Veterans Memorial, is really important,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms.
Wreaths Across America was born in 2006 out of a desire to remember and honor American service members for their contributions in preserving our freedom. Morrill Worcester and the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, had the vision for this project and placed the first wreaths. It has since become an annual tradition to lay wreaths at the grave-markers of our fallen veterans during December as a way to express our appreciation and to pay tribute for the sacrifices made for our country by our service men and women.
Since 2007, Perdue drivers have delivered more than 150,000 wreaths for Wreaths Across America. This year, Perdue drivers will deliver more that 25,000 wreaths to cemeteries from New York to Florida as part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 17. Their journey will include deliveries to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, the United States Military Academy West Point Cemetery in New York, Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial.
“Perdue Farms and Perdue Transportation drivers, many of whom are veterans themselves, have been supporting the Wreaths Across America mission for a decade. We are very proud of our drivers and of their own military service,” said Perdue. “The care, attention and commitment our drivers give to the mission and their payload is impressive.”
“Wicomico County is pleased to recognize Perdue Farms in their 10th year of involvement in such a special program,” said Bob Culver, county executive. “We are proud to have Perdue’s professional drivers participate in placing wreaths from Wreaths Across America at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial for each branch of the military.”
Built in 2002 entirely with donations from the community, the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial honors those with a home of record in Wicomico County who lost their lives while defending the nation and our freedom. The names of 191 men from World War I to present day are displayed on bronze plaques on a brick wall with the words “Here we mark the price of freedom.” Flags from each branch of the military, the POW/MIA flag, county, state, and U.S. flags are flown around the clock to complete the memorial.
The Memorial not only publicly honors our fallen, but it also provides a visible remembrance for family members to visit and know that others appreciate their sacrifice. Public ceremonies are held at the Memorial each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
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We focus on continuously improving everything we do, constantly learning, and sharing those insights across different production methods. That innovative approach is driving change throughout the company and onto farms. This continuous advancement is leading us toward our vision of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.
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