You could say that Sam Najvar’s been around the block a few times. Of course, we’re talking Texas, so those are big blocks. This past year the former ARI Account Executive in Grapevine went down the street to AutoTruck Group in Fort Worth, where he’s Account Sales Manager.
The move hasn’t prevented Sam from continuing to head up Holman’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) effort in Texas. This past December 12, Sam participated in a ceremony of laying wreaths on the graves of veterans at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, and he just sent me some photos of the event.
The event was part of National “Wreaths Across America Day. WAA’s mission – “Remember, Honor, Teach” — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 900 similar events at other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
I know from Sam’s previous participation that it’s a very moving day for all participants; as he told me before: “It makes you feel good to pay tribute to the those who served and the extraordinary sacrifices they made.”
Nationally, this day was made possible only by thousands of volunteers who – like Sam — organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. Wreaths Across America receives no government funding; individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors, and volunteer truckers make these ceremonies possible. Holman honored Sam’s efforts by awarding the WAA an Employee Donation to help defray the costs of the Irving ceremony.
For more information about the national organization, go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Or to learn more about the effort at Irving, you can email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s a great guy, and he’d love to have your participation next year.