Tuesday, December 18, 2012

US Trucking Giant Pays Homage to War Dead

All Gave Some - Some Gave All
Shipping News Feature

US – In 2001 a shift manager and U.S. veteran at Freightliner’s manufacturing plant in Cleveland, North Carolina suggested to his bosses that they decorate one of their rigs and pay a visit to a local hospital for wounded veterans. The truck, named ‘Ride of Pride’ spawned further generations and last Saturday trucking giant Schneider National’s latest version of the vehicle embarked on a special mission to deliver 5,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.

The trip was not a single venture as the annual ‘Wreaths Across America’ program included 110,000 wreaths delivered and laid upon soldiers’ graves by volunteers including on the same day a further almost 10,000 wreaths to Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, again delivered by Schneider, which has been associated with project since 2010 and includes a Canadian Ride of Pride vehicle in its fleet of specially dedicated trucks, a model which is fully customized with symbols of Canada’s armed forces decaled on the orange Schneider cab.

It was designed, as are all the trucks, to show support for active duty personnel, retirees and families who have lost someone in service to the country. The words “Lest We Forget” and “We Support Our Troops” are written in English and French respectively, recognizing the two official languages of Canada.

For those who are interested in the Ride of Pride program Freightliner has made a special video viewable HERE.

Photo: Schneider Ride of Pride driver and U.S. Army veteran, Greg Roberts of Eastpointe, Michigan lays a tribute to those who have given everything in the service of their country.