By MTS Staff
Hundreds of soldiers die protecting our country every year. Memorial Day, a US federal holiday during which fallen soldiers from the United States Armed Forces are remembered, is a time to celebrate the lives of heroes and of those who have protected us.
On the final Monday each May, we have the opportunity to celebrate. Memorial Day was previously known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
How we celebrate this important holiday varies from person to person and state to state. Many folks visit memorials and cemeteries; others plan family reunions around the event or even host a religious service. For truck drivers on the road, it can be hard to find ways to honor our veterans but with a little advanced planning it can be done by researching area activities at public facilities – typically at cemeteries and churches.
Veterans returning to the civilian life have found a natural transition into trucking, and as we know, driver shortages are high, so it’s a natural fit. Because of the training soldiers receive during their service – such as, following orders, keeping records, extended amounts of time away from their family - they can easily adapt. Veterans, truck drivers and veteran truck drivers are the driving force behind our country.
Let’s take a few moments to remember the fallen.