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Todd Dills

National day of remembrance — for truck drivers

| May 07, 2012

A self-proclaimed “proud trucker’s wife” is circulating an online petition she hopes to take to Congress and the President to create a September 16 National Truck Driver Remembrance Day for the sacrifices haulers have made for the country. It would be a public holiday, says Melissa Peranteau of Sunbury, Penn., in text accompanying the petition, and would remember “those that we lost,” she adds.

Her husband, owner-operator Jim Peranteau, is leased to Prime, Inc.

Here’s what else she had to say about the idea:

I am  the daughter of an ex-trucker and the wife of a present trucker. The idea for this came to be from knowing other people who have lost drivers they loved from either an accident, natural causes while in their truck, being robbed, or [otherwise]. Most people see drivers as a nuisance on the road and forget that it is because of these drivers that we have the things we need or want. I have seen many accidents where people have driven right past a truck sitting in a ditch and didn’t even bother to look, just got upset because traffic was backed up. And then there is no news story, not even a note about it.

Yet a car that hits the guard rail and the driver walks away makes for front page news.

I believe that truck drivers who sacrifice everything — their family, friends, and a lot of times their very lives — deserve to be remembered. They deserve at minimum a day to be remembered. Drivers serve this country in so many ways, and while we do have an appreciation week, that is more for the present truckers and not many people even know that exists. (I know that I didn’t until my husband began driving.)

I would love to have just one day for them, and I am trying to prove that a lot of other people care enough about this to make it happen.

You can sign the petition yourself via this page. The remembrance campaign is also on Facebook, here.

  • Chris Dunning

    I would be very happy to sign this, it needs to be a thing we remember, for crying out loud, we have Cinco De Mayo on calanders and its not really a holiday for Americans so this should be on there, this is a very important day, this to me is like memorial day, we need to remember those we lost on the roads that made sacrifices only the brother and sister hood of pro drivers and their families truly understand

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    Well put, Chris.

  • KAT HOFF

    I MYSELF DO NOT DRIVE BUT I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF TRUCKERS. MY FATHER(PASSED)
    MY BROTHER, MY 5 COUSINS 5 UNCLES, 3 COUSINS, AND MY BOYFRIEND. IN MY OFFICE I HAVE A PLACK THAT WAS MY DAD’S I LOOK AT IT EVERYDAY AN SAY HELLO DAD. THE AMERICAN TRUCKER OF BACK IN THE DAY IS A DYING BREED, BUT THE FACT REMAINS, THEY THE AMERICAN TRUCK DRIVER ” IS ” THE BACKBONE OF AMERICA, SURE SHIP IT BY TRAIN!!! HOW DOES IT GET TO THE STORES AN OTHER MERCHANDISE HOW DOES IT GET TO AN ADDRESS WHERE A TRAIN CAN’T GO, A TRUCK DRIVER TAKES IT THERE AN PUTS UP WITH ALL THE RUDE PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY. I ALWAYS TRAVELED WITH MY DAD WHEN ABLE AS A CHILD, AN NOW TRAVEL WITH MY BOYFRIEND WHEN ABLE. I LOVE BEING ON THE ROAD, AND WE ALREADY HAVE OUR OWN AUTHORITY, JUST WAITING ON A FEW MINOR DETAILS AND WE WILL ANSWER TO OURSELVES.I SAY CUDO’S FOR A NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO PAY RESPECT TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN, THOSE WHO ARE, AND THOSE WHO WILL BE PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVERS. ONLY A TRUCKER AN HIS FAMILY UNDERSTAND THE LIFE OF A TRUCKER. YES, YES, YES I WILL SIGN THE PETITION AN ENCOURAGE MANY MORE TO DO THE SAME. B- SAFE TO ALL U DRIVERS OUT THERE.

  • BANDIT

    Great post Todd and a Fantastic Idea. I have signed the petition and I encourage every in America to sign it. I have reposted this on my Dispatch Me Home Social Site and am encouraging all our members to sign up immediately.

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    Thanks for the feedback, Bandit and Kat. It’d be a great holiday, no doubt, eh?

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 tdills

    Kat, Did you get my email? Chance you could write me via tdills [at] randallreilly.com?

  • Wesley Barr

    am very happy to sign this as an ex OTR driver I truly understand the importance of this day.It would truly benefit this nation if they would stop on an annual basis & recognize the men & women who keep this country moving forward.

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