Arcadia’s Soldiers Walk in Memorial Park is one of 1,200 participating locations
Ashley Furniture Industries is hosting a free and public ceremony with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans for their service to the country this holiday season. The event will occur at Soldiers Walk in Arcadia’s Memorial Park, one of the premier war memorials in the United States outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10 a.m. to commemorate National Wreaths Across America Day. This is the second year Ashley has sponsored this event.
During the ceremony, veterans (including members of Arcadia’s American Legion Post 17), community members and Ashley volunteers lay wreaths at each of the war memorials along Soldiers Walk. Simultaneously, thousands of volunteers and sponsors in over 1,200 additional locations across the country, at sea and abroad will be coordinating their own wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the contributions and sacrifice of U.S. veterans.
“Our first ceremony was last December at Soldiers Walk in Arcadia’s Memorial Park,” recalled Steve Ralston, director of safety, Ashley Distribution Services and U.S. Army veteran. “It was frigid cold and snowing, and I thought even as cold as we were it was nothing compared to what our soldiers and heroes went through during the Battle of the Bulge. That was my unit that was there, so the mission objective to remember really hit home that day.”
Leading up to this day, beginning in Maine, a parade of trucks travel down the East Coast on a mission to lay remembrance wreaths at the grave sites of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and other veteran cemeteries along the way. This year, Ashley Distribution Services is assisting with transporting wreaths. Two Ashley trucks and trailers, debuting new “Salute Our Veterans” graphics, will deliver wreaths from Maine to Philadelphia National Cemetery and from Mississippi to Dallas/Fort Worth Cemetery. The two trailers will be pulled by Ashley Ambassadors who have served in the military. Ashley has a total of six of these new trailers, all of which will run year-round out of each of their manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Ashley employees and members of American Legion Post 17 invite anyone interested in learning more about Wreaths Across America, or to participate in wreath laying on Saturday, to please contact Steve Ralston at email@example.com or call 608-323-6899. The specific web page for Soldier’s Walk Wreaths Across America, to view the event, or to sign-up as a volunteer, is located at https://wreaths.fastport.com/viewLocation.html?page=42254.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – “remember, honor, teach” – is carried out, in part, each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information or to sponsor a wreath please visit www.wWreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is one of the largest manufacturers of home furnishings in the world, and was recently named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2017. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley online at www.ashleyfurniture.com and like Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., on Facebook.
Ashley Distribution Services, LTD, was established in 1974 by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., and today is one of the industry’s largest private fleets. Ashley Distribution Services delivers Ashley Furniture to Ashley HomeStores and customers throughout the U.S. With a growing fleet, Ashley Distribution Services continues to expand beyond delivering furniture. Visit Ashley Distribution Services online at www.ashleydistributionservices.com.