Wal-Mart Distribution Center approached the Legion Riders about the Wreaths Across
America project. The first year they began the tradition of Passing of The Wreaths. The drivers that deliver the wreaths to Wal-Mart then pass them to the drivers that will be carrying them to the cemetery.
In addition to contributing the the Riders project, WalMart also donates to the Auxiliary’s annual project “Blessing Buckets” for homeless Veterans.
Frank Jones, HRM of the transportation department at Wal-Mart, secured a $5,000 grant for the purpose of wrapping a retired trailer in the Wreaths Across America logo.
He immediately sent the check to Legion Riders Chapter 16. The semi was driven to Jacksonville for the wrap. All the labor was donated. The Riders paid $3,900 for the wrap and the remaining money will go toward the purchase of wreaths. The American Legion logo, as well as the American Legion Riders logo is prominently displayed on the trailer.
The trailer will be stored at Wal-Mart Distribution Center and all the maintenance will be done there.
In July 2015 the title was transferred to Haisley Lynch Post 16. Plans for the trailer include bringing it to Veterans Day Ceremony, Homecoming Parade, Memorial Day Ceremony, Bikers on Parade and other events to publicize the Wreaths Across America Program. The drivers for these events will be paid by Wal-Mart.