BROADVIEW -- Who better to honor fallen servicemen -- and safeguard their memorial wreaths -- than a fellow veteran?
Enter National Van Lines driver and Marine Corps veteran Jim Lanager. Jim and his wife Kimberly recently used his tractor-trailer to transport thousands of wreaths to three military grave sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, helping volunteers working with National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 14.
Organized by Wreaths Across America, the one-day event gathered individuals nationwide to lay wreaths at the graves of men and women killed in action. The wreaths on Jim's watch are in the safest of hands: He recently received National Van Lines' prestigious Top Driver in Safety award for 2018--2019.
"National Van Lines is proud to play a role in this monumental event to honor those who served and sacrificed throughout U.S. history," National Van Lines President & COO Tim Helenthal said. "We're grateful one of our finest drivers has answered the call to participate."
In addition, National Van Lines executives, employees and their families placed wreaths at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, in Elwood, during the Dec. 14 event. More than 20,000 wreaths were placed in that cemetery.