A special ceremony was held Friday morning for the Truckload Carriers Association recognizing the organization for being selected as a Commemorative Partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.
TCA was chosen because several of its members are donating their equipment and manpower to haul The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and accompanying mobile education center, to various communities across the country.
TCA officials were presented a commemorative flag and the official certificate of partnership signed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the ceremony.
“I remember the Vietnam War and its impact on all of us back home, and especially to those veterans that returned,” said TCA Chairman Keith Tuttle. “The trucking industry has a history of welcoming veterans into our ranks. We did so after Vietnam, and we are still working toward that legacy of service as we pledge to hire 50,000 veterans. As a chairman of TCA, I am proud to be a partner with the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Committee as we work toward the common goal of recognizing service and sacrifice.”
The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans’ organizations and other non-governmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam Veterans and their families.
Commemorative Partners are encouraged to participate in the commemoration of the Vietnam War by planning and conducting events and activities that will recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service, valor and sacrifice.
“Patriotism and the trucking industry seem to go hand in hand,” said TCA President Brad Bentley. “TCA is proud to be part of delivering the U.S. Capital Christmas tree to Washington, D.C., supporting logistics for Wreaths Across America, and now bringing The Wall That Heals to our nation’s communities. We are pleased to join so many other Partners to honor our past and continue to promote the value and commitment of service.”
Visit the tour’s website for more information on The Wall That Heals, including the 2015 tour schedule.