Eagle Transport drivers deliver wreaths to veterans' graves
From Contributed Reports
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Two Eagle Transport Corp. drivers who are delivering Christmas wreaths that will be placed on the headstones of veterans’ graves in Florida made a stop at the Eagle corporate offices in Rocky Mount on their trip south on I-95 enroute from Maine.
"We are very proud that Eagle Transport could donate the transportation to support such a wonderful charity as Wreaths Across American and for such a worthwhile cause as recognizing the service of America's military veterans," said Herb Evans, the company's vice chairman.
Chris Curtis is stationed in the Eagle Transport Terminal in Kingsport, Tenn., and spent nine years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, one in Europe and one in Africa.
"I am honored to be carrying these wreaths to help recognize the service of our veterans. I just hope that next year Wreaths Across America will receive enough contributions to furnish a wreath for every veteran's grave," Curtis said during a brief stop made by the two trucks Monday in Rocky Mount.
David Hewes is the other Eagle Transport driver making the trip with the wreaths. He is stationed in the company's Greensboro Terminal and he served in the U.S. Army for four years. He was an Army firefighter and worked on two active plane crashes during his service. He was based in Arizona and Alaska.
"What has struck me the most during our trip was how many wreaths are being sent across America from Maine,” Hewes said. “Taking these wreaths to the veterans’ grave sites is very humbling and I am very moved to be making this journey."
Curtis and Hewes traveled last week to Maine to pick up their truckloads of wreaths and they will be delivered to Veterans Cemeteries in Florida on Dec. 15.
"What makes this an even better Christmas story for us at Eagle Transport is that two Eagle drivers, who are both military veterans, can make the delivery of these wreaths for us," Evans said.