Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks Honor Military Heroes in Annual Ride for Freedom

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin VA unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring the all new VNR model, which accompanied a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington DC, during the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 30th year, the annual Ride for Freedom honors the brave men and women who have served--and continue to serve--to protect America.

For 26 years, NRV employees and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee have supported the Ride for Freedom event, creating special graphics to salute America’s military heroes. The truck, Volvo’s new Volvo VNR 640 model, features custom-designed graphics that honor America, all branches of the U.S. military, and those who served with the slogan, “We stand for the flag and kneel for the fallen.”

Mack Trucks employees also participated in the Rolling Thunder--Ride for Freedom rally Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to America’s fallen military. This year, Mack’s Ride for Freedom truck as Jack Mack, a custom-built one-of-a-kind mega-crew cab named after John “Jack” M Mack, one of the founders of Mack Trucks.

Mack Lehigh Valley Operations and Mack Customer Center employees traveled from Pennsylvania by truck and motorcycle to Hagerstown MD for a special memorial ceremony at Mack’s powertrain facility. Hagerstown employees joined their colleagues following the ceremony as they joined thousands of other Ride for Freedom participants.