Thursday, August 18, 2005

Thank A Trucker

They Remind Us How We Got To Be America

The following is a letter from the CEO & President of TravelCenters of America:

Hard work, grit and determination: that's what this country was built on. The same characteristics possessed by the millions of American truckers who travel our highways and roads every day.

A trucker's life isn't an easy one. There's no doubt about that. They work long hours. Drive incredible distances. And spend weeks, sometimes months, away from home and loved ones. Missing birthdays, graduations and all the simple things most of us non-truckers take for granted. They battle boredom, loneliness, and fatigue every day to transport billions of tons of goods and materials every year: From the clothing we wear to the food we eat to the building materials that make up practically everything around us. Sometimes even transporting hazardous materials to remote places so they don't harm us. Without these hard working heroes of the highway, the country could not survive or prosper.

They move the economy forward. Literally. Making America a better place for all of us.

For nearly 35 years, we, at the TravelCenters of America, have had the distinct pleasure and privilege to get to know millions of these drivers. They come from big cities and small towns. They have different backgrounds. And beliefs. But all of them share a common bond: that of fiercely independent, hardworking Americans. To show our gratitude for everything they do, we'll be celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Days at our 160 sites from August 21 to August 27. But we wanted everyone in America to know. If you are in one of our sites or even one of our competitors, take the time and thank those truckers for making your life a better one. They have earned and deserve our thanks and respect.

With much appreciation,

Tim Doane
CEO & President
TravelCenters of America
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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