Wreaths Across America (WAA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath program that is committed to honoring deceased veterans of the U.S. armed forces, today announced a corporate contribution from Qualcomm Incorporated, a provider of integrated wireless systems, applications and services to transportation and logistics companies.
With Qualcomm’s donation to WAA, the organization will deliver 2,500 wreaths to be placed at Ft. Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries in San Diego and Arlington National Cemetery near the nation’s capital. Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place at these and more than 600 additional veterans’ cemeteries across the United States and internationally on Dec. 10, 2011.
In December 2010, Qualcomm’s support allowed nearly 2,500 wreaths to be placed on gravesites at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, as well as the first seven wreaths to be placed at the newly opened Miramar National Cemetery, to remember and honor veterans. Wreath placement in 2010 included all Medals of Honor recipients and those Killed in Action in the current wars.
Over 800 volunteers representing more than 50 diverse community groups participated in last year’s event, including over 125 Qualcomm employees, many of whom were military veterans. Nationwide in 2010, over 200,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites at more than 500 locations in every state and overseas with the assistance of nearly 160,000 volunteers.
“Our commitment to supporting Wreaths Across America is a natural extension of the core values of citizenship and community that our Qualcomm employees share with so many of our customers, including Baylor Trucking, Boyle Transportation, C.R. England, Cargo Transporters, Covenant Transport, Con-way Truckload, Perdue Farms, Pottle’s Transportation, Prime Transportation, Schneider National, Swift Transportation and Wal-Mart, all of whom support this important organization,” noted Rich Sulpizio, CEO and president, Qualcomm Enterprise Services.
“Thanks to Qualcomm’s continued and generous support of Wreaths Across America, we will be able to deliver more than 2,500 additional wreaths to three of our many veterans’ cemeteries this holiday season,” noted Barry Pottle, president of Pottle’s Transportation and a long-time supporter and advocate for Wreaths Across America. “In addition to providing financial support, Qualcomm’s commitment to this important cause also includes employee volunteers who will participate in the laying of the wreaths and other activities in support of our veterans.”