The Trucker: The Trucker features trucking’s critical role in Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America’s annual trek from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery has earned a reputation as the world’s largest veterans’ parade. More than 70 trucks lined the highway in late December to carry the hundreds of thousands of wreaths that were to be placed on the graves at the country’s largest veterans’ resting place.

Elisabeth Barna, executive vice president of industry affairs and senior advisor with the American Trucking Associations, said the response from the trucking industry is a sight that always leaves her in awe.

“We are a very patriotic and community-based industry and we would do anything for anybody,” Barna said. “I think that this project is really special. You talk to anybody, whether they are competitors or retired drivers, everybody wants to participate in it.”

Wreaths Across America began as a small ceremony led by the Worcester Wreath Company in 1992 as a way to distribute a surplus of wreaths, but as plans were underway several other organizations and volunteers stepped up to help. The annual tribute went on quietly until 2005, when a photo of the wreaths at the cemetery garnered national attention. By 2007, Wreaths Across America was formed as a non-profit organization and has grown exponentially each year since.

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Fox News: Trucking delivers the National Christmas Tree, featured on FOX News

The 60-foot blue spruce traveled 2,000 miles from Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the U.S. Capitol.

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Montgomery Advertiser: A military veteran describes how trucking can help returning vets to Montgomery Alabama readers

As Veterans Day nears, I am proud to have served this wonderful country of ours as a transportation specialist and a mechanic in the U.S. Army. I now drive a truck for my profession here in Montgomery for YRC Freight, for over 27 years.

For some veterans, it can be daunting making the transition back to civilian life and finding a job. I am proud to be part of an industry that is doing its part to assist veterans’ during a time when they need it most by providing job opportunities, training programs and career paths for America’s veterans in the trucking industry. These brave men and women sacrificed everything to protect their fellow Americans. Setting our veterans up for success after military life is just one way that we can show our gratitude for their service.

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The US Capitol Christmas Tree is making its 2,000 mile trek to the nation’s capital thanks to the help of the trucking industry.

Capitoltreetracker.com provides real-time GPS location tracking of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree using FleetLocate by Spireon’s advanced trailer management technology, as it makes its way from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

View the journey here:
https://www.capitoltreetracker.com/ and learn more about the truck drivers that are making it happen at the TMAF blog: https://medium.com/@TruckingFWD/delivering-enchantment-from-new-mexico-to-d-c-e7c756e6501e

2019 Holiday Ornament

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Fleet News Daily: TMAF to Launch 2019 #ThankATrucker Campaign During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is thanking America’s professional truck drivers during their #ThankATrucker campaign, during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 8-14, 2019. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Delivering Life’s Moments.”

“Throughout National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TMAF will be showcasing the life moments that pro truck drivers make possible through their deliveries,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “Whether it’s teaching your grandkid how to bike, playing tee ball with your son, or sharing an afternoon snack of milk and cookies with your daughter, all of life’s precious moments are made possible by America’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers who deliver the items and products for these events.”

In this year’s digital campaign, TMAF’s content will feature families making memories alongside an image of a professional truck driver and the message #ThankADriver. The online campaign of “Delivering Life’s Moments” is launching on TMAF’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels.

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Commercial Carrier Journal: Five years into campaign, trucking image group TMAF looks to continue growth

In the more than five years since trucking industry image group Trucking Moves America Forward launched, the goal has been to tell the story of trucking and truck drivers. Over the next five years, the group hopes to do more of the same.

Now mostly known simply as TMAF, the group is continuing to launch initiatives to promote the industry in a positive light to the general public and tell trucking’s story. Elisabeth Barna, executive vice president of industry affairs for ATA, said at the Great American Trucking Show last week the group has used social media and billboards as major tools to accomplish its goals through the first five years.

Kevin Burch, co-chair of TMAF and president of Jet Express, added that trailer wraps the group is selling to fleets have also made a big difference in getting TMAF’s message out to the general public. He said 240 of the wraps have been sold so far with each trailer being seen by an average of 16 million people as they move goods across the country.

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Reno Gazette Journal: We need to keep trucking industry thriving, says Dayton truck driver

This summer, while you’re on the way to a barbecue or the pool, or heading away on a beach getaway, you’ll be sharing the road with millions of Americans who are traveling during the summer season. As one of 3.5 million professional truck drivers on America’s roads, I’ll be joining you on the road too, as I help deliver the goods that you’ll rely on all summer long.

Making special summer days happen is due in large part to the trucking industry: the food on the grill, floats in the pool and umbrellas on the beach were all delivered to you by a truck. The trucking industry, which is supported by 7.7 million professionals, including drivers, technicians, vendors and partners, delivers to 80% of America’s communities.

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