KBS and Transwestern Donate More Than 7,500 Wreaths to Honor Fallen U.S. Soldiers

KBS, one of the largest owners of premier commercial real estate in the nation, and Transwestern today announce the companies collected donations for 7,500 wreaths for Wreaths Across America. The organization honors fallen U.S. veterans by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,700 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

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KBS - Wreaths Across America (Photo: Business Wire)

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“We would like to share our utmost appreciation for those who generously donated to Wreaths Across America in support of our armed forces,” said Tom Lawyer, President of Transwestern Commercial Services. “We are forever grateful to the men and women who serve our country.”

The companies collected donations at 30 KBS-owned properties where Transwestern provides property management services. Transwestern and KBS made a matching donation of 2,000 wreaths.

“We stand proudly behind Wreaths Across America’s mission to remember fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom,” said Marc DeLuca, regional president, Eastern United States for KBS. “Thanks to our generous tenants and employees, in the last four years we were able to pay tribute to more than 19,000 fallen veterans.”

On National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, volunteers will gather in participating cemeteries to place live balsam wreaths on every veteran headstone as an act of respect, gratitude and remembrance. Those interested in volunteering can sign up on the Wreaths Across America website.

ABOUT KBS

KBS is one of the largest owners of premier commercial real estate in the nation. As a private equity real estate company and an SEC-registered investment adviser, KBS and its affiliated companies have completed transactional activity of approximately $40 billion on behalf of private and institutional investors globally. Founded in 1992 by Peter Bren and Chuck Schreiber, KBS acquires and operates prime commercial real estate in some of the most successful epicenters in the country. The firm is committed in its business ethics, its business relationships and its constant focus to exceed the expectations of its investors, partners and tenants. For more information on KBS, please visit www.kbs.com.

ABOUT TRANSWESTERN

Transwestern Commercial Services (TCS) is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service and innovative client solutions. Applying a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Occupier Solutions, Capital Markets and Research, our fully integrated global organization adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insight and operational expertise from across the Transwestern enterprise, which includes firms specializing in development and real estate investment management. TCS has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients from more than 200 offices in 37 countries through strategic alliances with France-based BNP Paribas Real Estate and Canada-based Devencore. Experience Extraordinary at transwestern.com and @Transwestern.

ABOUT WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.