David Brewer has been a proud truck driver at CEVA Logistics for 16 years and has already driven more than one million miles across the United States. Today, his daily routes and deliveries include the East Coast around Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina.
David is particularly passionate about a special delivery made every year. As a U.S. Navy Veteran and a proud father of a U.S. Air Force Veteran, delivering on behalf of Wreaths Across America (WAA) holds special meaning in his heart. “Just one thing, please remember our freedom is not free,” said David.
Last year due to the pandemic, the annual wreath-laying events at more than 2,500 participating locations across the U.S. and overseas looked a little different. However, the mission of WAA to “Remember, Honor and Teach” has not changed. The non-profit organization continues to honor those who serve and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
To advance the mission of WAA, CEVA Logistics will partner with the organization this holiday season to make sure a truckload of a several thousand wreaths is delivered to Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) in Virginia. As part of National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 18, volunteers will lay a wreath on individual headstones to honor our fallen heroes.
This will be David’s fifth year delivering wreaths. “First, it is an honor and a privilege to represent CEVA Logistics at this event. It is also an honor to deliver to Arlington where so many who lost their lives now rest.”
Each sponsored Veteran’s wreath is uniquely hand-crafted, with fresh balsam from Maine wreath makers Worcester Wreath Company. In 2019, CEVA helped Wreaths Across America transport 14,000 donated wreaths overseas in Europe. The wreaths were laid at the headstones of Veterans at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and the Netherlands American Cemetery. In 2020, CEVA delivered 5,000 of the 257,000 Veterans’ wreaths placed at ANC.
Giving Back to the Community
For David and for CEVA, giving back and serving the community is a central focus.
In 2020, David helped transport and delivered turkeys in Norfolk, Virginia, as part of The CMA CGM Group’s Giving Across America initiative. As part of the CMA CGM Group, CEVA provided ground transportation for 10,000 turkeys in Norfolk, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville and Lake Charles, Louisiana. CEVA also transported thousands of Thanksgiving meals to support charitable food distributions across the country.
For an exciting career that leads to different destinations across the country, David encourages interested Veterans to enter the trucking industry. “CEVA Logistics is a great place to work, because they have strong values and there are plenty of opportunities.”
David also notes that truck drivers play a crucial role as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge supply chains around the globe. Truck drivers are the foundation of the logistics industry, and nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivers the goods and resources communities need.
When David is off duty, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, two sons, two grandsons and one German shepherd. He also enjoys working on modeling his miniature train collection as a personal hobby.
CEVA Logistics, a world leader in third-party logistics, provides and operates transportation and supply-chain solutions for large- or medium-size national and global companies. CEVA Logistics offers a broad range of services in both Contract Logistics and Freight Management thanks to its approximately 78,000 employees and 1,000 facilities in more than 160 countries. CEVA Logistics’ experienced specialists focus on seamlessly designing end-to-end customized solutions to meet the complex and rapidly evolving supply chain needs, whatever the business sector. CEVA Logistics is part of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics.