This year’s Ride for Freedom truck, built at Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., accompanied a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Run for the Wall motorcycle rally.
For 24 years, New River Valley employees and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee have participated in the event, designing and installing special graphics to salute America’s military heroes as part of the rally. The Run for the Wall rally pays tribute to those who have been captured or lost their lives while serving in America’s armed forces.
The graphics on this year’s Volvo VNL 670 salute all military service members and offer special recognition to those who served in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The truck features images of soldiers, military equipment and military dogs, with an eagle carrying an American flag. As in years past, the veteran’s committee focused on imagery that would provoke thought and reflection, educate the public and incorporate a healing aspect.
Meanwhile, Mack Trucks employees honored America’s fallen and missing military personnel during the 28th annual Rolling Thunder – Ride for Freedom rally, also taking place this Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.
Employees from the Mack Customer Center and Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly — both located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley —traveled by truck and motorcycle to Hagerstown, Md., for a special memorial ceremony at Mack’s powertrain plant. Following the ceremony, Hagerstown employees joined their colleagues as they continued to the capital to join thousands of other Ride for Freedom participants.
A Mack Pinnacle Axle Forward Rawhide Edition was used as the basis for the tribute truck and features custom graphics celebrating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, elements of the American flag and the motto, “A Beacon of Hope to All.”