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Morris County-based Suburban Propane joins Historic Tours of America for a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

Executives Come Together at President John F. Kennedy Gravesite in Honor of Memorial Day

WHIPPANY, NJ (Morris County — Suburban Propane executives Tuesday joined one of their long-standing customers, Historic Tours of America, for a wreath laying ceremony at the President John F. Kennedy Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes.

Michael Stivala, President and CEO of Suburban Propane, and Chris Belland, CEO of Historic Tours of America gave remarks after the poignant commemoration. This event is the latest in a series of meaningful collaborations for Suburban Propane and Historic Tours of America, who previously joined forces in support of deserving organizations throughout their combined footprint including the Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West, FL and Father Joe’s Villages Therapeutic Childcare Program in San Diego, CA.

“As the official interpretive tour company of Arlington National Cemetery, we are privileged and honored to share the history and stories of the many men and women interred in this hallowed site,” Belland said. “Memorial Day is not just a once-a-year remembrance for us at Historic Tours of America, but a respect we try to convey to the guests from all over the world that we host on Arlington National Cemetery Tours.”

“As Memorial Day approaches, we are honored to stand alongside the Historic Tours of America team to remember all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our great nation,” said Nandini Sankara, Spokesperson, Suburban Propane. “Throughout our 95-year history, Suburban Propane has been dedicated to supporting and hiring veterans, and we have a deep appreciation for their commitment to our freedom and safety.”

“We are grateful to Historic Tours of America and Suburban Propane for their support,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America. “Their contribution will not only place veterans’ wreaths on headstones of our nation’s heroes this December at Arlington National Cemetery, but it will support our year-round mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and Teach the next generation the value of freedom, and the programs developed to share it across the country.”

The endeavor is part of the Company’s SuburbanCares initiative which is dedicated to supporting community efforts across the United States. Recently, SuburbanCares has undertaken charitable endeavors in numerous underserved communities including Syracuse, NY; Spokane, WA; Lake Worth, FL; Boston, MA; Helena, MT; Charlotte, NC; Lewes, DE; San Diego, CA; Albany, NY; Dayton, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Santa Fe, NM; Santa Rosa, CA; Columbia and Charleston, SC; New Brunswick, NJ; and fed healthcare professionals in 2020 in some of the most COVID-19 affected regions in the nation, including Florida, California, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

Historic Tours of America works with Arlington National Cemetery as part of the company’s historical tour, Arlington National Cemetery Tours, offering and utilizing clean-burning propane for 90% of its fleet, including its Arlington operation and throughout the country.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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