Truckers preparing for Wreaths Across America

MACHIAS, Maine. (WABI) - "I am blessed, I am thankful, and I am honored to be a part of this."

A convoy of trucks and drivers are getting ready to make their way from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

They will be hauling wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

"These young men and women, we are recognizing them. We are letting them know that we understand the sacrifices they make, and I don't care if they are sitting behind a desk or in a combat zone, every one of them is equally important, and it excites me."

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit that's dedicated to remembering, honoring, and teaching about military heroes during the holidays.

Many of the drivers are veterans themselves.

"We finally came to the conclusion that the only vets that deserve to drive it, can't. They either didn't come home, or they came home unable to, and I decided I would drive it for them."

There will be many stops before the convoy arrives at Arlington on December 15th.

Some of the trucking companies hauling wreaths include Cargo Transport, Maverick, and Schneider.

"A lot of pride. It is very humbling to be chosen to do this, to represent the company, and travel around the country, especially with my truck with all the memorials and monuments on it.

More than a million wreaths will be transported to military cemeteries across the country.

when you see the faces of the people that take part in supporting us, I get a real touching moment with the children, to see the children turn out for this, because normally you don't see children at a cemetery, but this one has a special meaning behind it."

In case you didn't know, Tyson Food Company provides all the meals and even cooks dinners for the drivers as they go along their journey.