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Old Dominion Freight Line adds Daimler’s 2021 Freightliner Ride of Pride Tractor, Honoring U.S. Military, to its Fleet

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Old Dominion Freight Line adds Daimler’s 2021 Freightliner Ride of Pride Tractor, Honoring U.S. Military, to its Fleet

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (Nasdaq: ODFL) took delivery of a specially-wrapped 2022 Freightliner Cascadia tractor as part of manufacturer Daimler Trucks’ 2021 Ride of Pride program. The tractor’s patriotic design honors America’s veterans, some of whom will have the chance to drive the tractor as it crosses the country over the next several years.

The Ride of Pride program launched several months after the 9/11 tragedy, as designers at Daimler’s Cleveland, N.C. plant considered ways to honor past, present and future military veterans, with an emphasis on POW/MIA service members. The first tractor, “Eagle One,” took to the road in 2002, and the unveiling of each year’s Ride of Pride trucks has been a Memorial Day tradition ever since. Daimler has now produced more than 30 Ride of Pride tractors for carriers across the U.S. Old Dominion took delivery of its first Ride of Pride Truck in a presentation at its corporate office in Thomasville.

“Each of these tractors is built with P.R.I.D.E. – passion, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence. Those are the tenets our veterans follow when they’re serving our country, and we want the tractor to represent each one of them,” said Darrell Plonk, logistics manager at Daimler’s Cleveland, N.C. Freightliner plant.

Old Dominion’s Ride of Pride tractor begins its journey this month at the carrier’s Greensboro, N.C. service center, where it will haul freight for the next six months. After that, it will rotate to a different Old Dominion service center biannually and will be driven by veterans at each facility.

“Veterans are a core part of the OD Family, and we’re proud we have the chance to honor our service members in such a unique way,” said Jim Raynor, vice president of maintenance and equipment at Old Dominion Freight Line. “Whether the tractor is at one of our service centers, on the road to its destination, or at a customer’s dock, we hope it will serve as a reminder to those who see it of the debt we owe those who have served our country.”

To learn more about Daimler’s Ride of Pride tractors, visit the program’s Facebook page at To learn more about Old Dominion Freight Line, visit


About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is one of the largest North American less-than-truckload (“LTL”) motor carriers and provides regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated, union-free organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. The Company also maintains strategic alliances with other carriers to provide LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.

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Wreaths Across America 2020: “Be an American Worth Fighting For”

On December 19th, the annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony events took place honoring our nation’s veterans, active-duty military, and their families. This year, a total of 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths adorned the headstones of those that served.

Wreaths Across America is originally known for taking place at the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) but has expanded to thousands of other cemeteries across the country each year. Every year, live balsam wreaths come from a direct, private donation from a citizen or organization to honor, appreciate, and respect those that served and protected our country, making the ultimate sacrifice. Wreaths Across America continues to use fresh evergreens as a symbol of honor that has been used throughout history.

In each of the 50 states, volunteers including Location Coordinators and professional truckers support efforts in the 2,557 participating locations honoring our nation’s heroes. Each year, the nonprofit organization utilizes this tradition,  representing “a living memorial” through the act of laying the wreaths while repeating each of the names out loud. Wreaths Across America confirmed these acts are to affirm that they live on in our memory.

“The 2020 theme for Wreaths Across America has been ‘Be an American worth fighting for,’ and this year I have been blessed to see my fair share,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “The determination of the American people and their commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely. We are humbled, and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country.” 

Last year, UPS contributed to the annual event by providing an Honor Trailer to assist in transporting the wreaths to the destination. In 2019, more than 50,000 wreaths were placed at the Arlington National Cemetery alone along with a 2.5+ mile-long parade.

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OmniTRAX Pledges Promotion of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program (ESGR)

Sr. Director of Operations at OmniTRAX, Jason Cathey,  confirmed the company’s support of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR) during an official pledging ceremony at the Pentagon earlier in December. OmniTRAX is one of several dozen rapidly growing rail industry players to jump on board in supporting the program.

“The support OmniTRAX is giving the ESGR program, combined with their human capital management programs designed to attract and retain vets, guardsmen/women and reservists, will dramatically strengthen the talent pool in the extended rail industry for decades to come. We’re glad to be a part of their comprehensive efforts to ensure a vibrant and growing industry,” said Michele Malski, Founder and President of SPRING.

Veteran employment software company, FASTPORT aided in the facilitation of OmniTRAX’s active support for the ESGR program. FASTPORT is best known for assisting military personnel find career opportunities along with Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING). Information in the announcement confirmed all three companies successfully created a registered apprenticeship program for conductors as a result of their collaborative support.

“We are constantly expanding our outreach to hire both veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve. This program fits our goals of investing in the future generations of railroaders while supporting our country’s military,” said OmniTRAX CEO Kevin Shuba, who is also an Army veteran.