Volvo, Mack honor American veterans with custom trucks

| Friday, May 23, 2014

Custom-decorated big rigs from Mack and Volvo will honor the nation’s fallen and missing military personnel during Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

 

The 2014 Mack Pinnacle Axle Forward memorial truck (Photo courtesy of Mack Trucks)

Volvo Trucks North America is once again taking part in the rally with a custom-decorated big rig to accompany bikers making their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Volvo's 2014 VNL 670 Ride for Freedom memorial truck (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

Mack Trucks employees will pay tribute to with a custom power unit highlighting the 70th anniversary of “D-Day,” the day Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Volvo’s 2014 memorial truck is a VNL 670, adorned with graphics saluting all military service members, according to a press release from Volvo. As in years past, a significant portion of the design pays tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action, the release stated. In designing the truck, the committee focused on creating a visual to provoke thought and reflection, educate the public and incorporate a healing aspect.

The 2014 Mack Pinnacle Axle Forward model is being used for the D-Day graphics, which pair land, air and sea D-Day images with images of an American flag, bald eagle and Arlington National Cemetery.  

Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., unveiled the design for its 2014 Ride for Freedom memorial truck, which will travel in a motorcade of about 175 motorcycles from the plant to the U.S. capital during Memorial Day weekend. Each year, New River Valley employees and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee develop custom graphics for its tribute truck. Volvo employees at the plant have been participating for more than two decades in the Run For The Wall motorcycle rally, which honors those who have been captured or lost their lives while serving in America’s armed forces.

Mack Customer Center and Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly employees will travel by truck and motorcycle from Lehigh Valley to Hagerstown, Md., for a memorial ceremony at the company’s powertrain plant. Following the ceremony, Lehigh Valley and Hagerstown employees will ride to Washington, D.C., where they’ll join thousands of participants for the 27th annual Rolling Thunder Ride For Freedom rally.

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