The man who oversees a Midwest trucking company that has been a major contributor to efforts to honor veterans is being recognized for his work.
Bob Baylor is the inaugural recipient of the James Prout /Wreaths Across America Spirit of Giving Award. The award honors a deserving driver, company or organization which supports charitable causes in a way that will influence future generations.
Bob Baylor and his wife, Beth, oversee the 200 plus truck fleet of Baylor Trucking Inc. of Milan, Ind. Four generations of Baylor family members have been active in the business.
Baylor has been recognized for his personal connection and commitment to Wreaths Across America. Mr. Baylor and his family have personally laid the wreaths on the headstones of many who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Baylor stated, “I am proud to be a part of a program that remembers, honors, teaches. And I know that through this experience, future generations will know the price of freedom is not free.”
Drivers from Baylor Trucking, Inc. will deliver wreaths to 15 veteran cemeteries across Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee for Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, (Dec. 13). All of the drivers who will be delivering wreaths are veterans who have served in multiple combat operations.
Baylor Trucking’s involvement in Wreaths Across America is only a part of a nationwide event that will place over 500,000 wreaths on the gravesites of fallen members of the military at veteran cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery. Wreaths will be laid at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday (Dec. 13).
Baylor Trucking was founded in 1946 by Chester Baylor, who returned from World War II, and created he company with one truck. With the help of his wife Ruth and their children, Bonnie, Bob and Steve, Baylor grew hauling commodities such as furniture and paper.
To learn more about Wreaths Across America visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.