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Perdue Drivers Help Transport Wreaths Across America

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SALISBURY, Md. - When a Perdue truck rolled up in front of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Wednesday morning, its load was a bit unusual for the poultry company; seven wreaths wrapped in red ribbon to be placed at the Wicomico War Memorial.

For the ninth consecutive year, Perdue truck drivers are helping deliver wreaths as part of the Wreaths Across America program.  Keith Clark is one of the drivers who has helped deliver wreaths to the largest memorial site, Arlington National Cemetery.

"When the community steps up like this and they say 'thank you' to those families, it means more than we realize," said Clark.

Wreaths Across America started in 1992 with about 5,000 wreaths being laid at graves at Arlington.  In 2016, WAA organizers expect to deliver more than a million wreaths to 1,100 sites around the country.

On Wednesday, dozens of veterans and their loved ones gathered to watch the wreaths come off the truck in Salisbury accompanied by the sound of bagpipes.  On Saturday, the scene will be replayed in cemeteries nationwide such as in Millsboro, Delaware where Sally Kubicki has led WAA efforts for the past decade.

"Since then we've kind of graduated 100, 200 at a time and on Saturday we will be laying close to a thousand wreaths," said Kubicki.

Her husband and veteran Ludwig Kubicki says he couldn't be more proud of his wife's efforts to recognize fallen service men and women.  He says he vividly remembers the years he left her and their young family at home to serve his country in Korea and Vietnam.

"It was hard to leave her and my three children at home when I was in the military, "said Mr. Kubicki.  "But I was very proud to serve my country and I would serve again anytime."

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