by Rob Penner

Wreaths Across Canada (WAC) is a non-profit organization that specifically honours veterans buried in Canada. Not all of them died in battle, although many served in combat and peacekeeping missions, and during the Cold War. Some gave their lives or were wounded in training accidents or during peacekeeping operations, but all of them responded to their country’s call, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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WAC is modeled after Wreaths Across America, started at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992. It has become an important part of the trucking industry’s image campaign in the USA. With the support of our industry we can build the same here at home. We live in the greatest country in the world. We are critically dependent on open borders, which our armed forces help to provide for and we are also a major benefactor benefit of retired military personnel as they transition into the workforce. This is a great way for us to give back. WAC laid its first wreaths on Dec. 4 2011 at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. Since then it has expanded to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Moncton and I am happy to report that we are bringing it to Manitoba.

Wreaths Across Canada is in need of sponsorship and support, in order to reach its goal of laying a Christmas wreath on military headstones across the country. For more info on how to get involved, please visit the website or feel free to contact me at rpenner@bisontransport and I will help connect you. Thanks!



On my honour, we will stand at the place where you rest 

and remember you.

On my honour, we will pick up the torch of freedom 

and carry it for you.

On my honour, you will not be a silent memory, 

we will speak of you often

so the world will know what you have done.

On my honour, as you reach the gates of heaven 

you will hear the voices of a grateful nation rise up 

and we will honour you.

– By Kathleen Mills

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