Mack uses truck art, motorcycle event to pay tribute to veterans

A crowd of veterans, motorcyclists and employees from Mack Truck’s plant in Dublin, Va., celebrated Memorial Day with the truck maker’s 15th annual Ride for Freedom event.

Participants rode from Dublin to Washington, D.C., May 28. For the third year in a row, Mack employees produced a commemorative Mack Vision model with a collage of patriotic images that was featured at the event. The truck is presented annually to pay tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes.

After receiving input from employees at the New River Valley plant in Dublin and the United Auto Workers, an illustrator developed the imagery for the truck. John Walsh, trade relations manager for Mack, said the artwork decals were manufactured by AMPCO in Canada and Fontaine Modifications applied the decals free of charge.

“The thoughtfulness that went into this year’s design, reflecting the cost of freedom and the missing men left behind through all the wars, deeply touched hundreds of thousands of veterans who participated in the Ride for Freedom weekend, not only here locally but across the nation,” said Mark Peterson, chairman of the United Auto Workers’ Veterans Committee.

About 200 motorcyclists participated in the ceremony, accompanying the Mack Vision model on the ride to the nation’s capitol.