For the second year, a Tri-State veteran will deliver the official Christmas Wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. This is a part of Wreaths Across America.
James Walker, a driver for Gully Transportation leaves Monday to drive to Maine to pick up the wreaths. He’ll then head to Arlington. This will be a over a 2,000 mile drive one-way. Walker is a Navy veteran, but said the reason he’ll continue to drive wreaths to Arlington until he can’t. He said he does it for his son, Jeffery Walker, who was in the Marine Corps and died in Iraq in 2007.
“I know for the families that have lost a loved one over there, this is what I get to do,” said Walker. “This is what I’m proud of. I’m proud of my son, yes, very much so. But I’m proud of all the veterans everyone of them even the ones still standing today.”
Walker said the Christmas wreaths bring color to Arlington Cemetery.
You can see the Wreaths Across America truck before it leaves, Saturday during the Hannibal Christmas Parade.