There are some really beautiful trucks on the road today; many of which are aimed at honoring our military. Last year, at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, one tribute truck definitely stood out. The truck won Best Overall Theme with a design that very tastefully honors family members who have battled cancer; those who’ve lost and those who were lucky enough to win.
That truck is named Miles of Memories, and was the creation of Robert and Denise Errthum. It has a wrap that is comprised of photos taken in Kansas and Colorado. Last year was their first time to show and they touched many visitors with the powerful message this truck shares. After going to five funerals in four months; it hit home really hard.
“No One Fights Alone” is written in a blue and silver banner on the back of the bunk. Blue is the color that symbolizes all cancers. When the Errthums first talked about building a show truck this was not what they had in mind, but after enormous loss in their family they became inspired to do so.
A show truck is a constant work in progress. Once you create something unique and show it, chances are you are going to see something similar on other trucks in the future. And when your truck is a rolling tribute to something that is near and dear to you, there are going to be people who want to talk to you and share their stories. Tribute trucks are special and shine a positive, caring light on our industry.
Another tribute truck that is really an amazing work of art is Sean McEndree’s Band of Brothers Purple Heart truck. Sean is a personal friend and he earned a Purple Heart serving our country. The wrap on Sean’s truck depicts the military, and it has many details that he made a deliberate effort to include. When the hood is rolled over there is a picture of hands holding a Purple Heart medal. On the side of the bunk is a picture of a soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Many trucks have signs “In Memory” of someone whom they have lost. It is a way to honor and remember that family member or dear friend. I have an angel on the side of my bunk with her head hung over in grief to remember our dear friend, Bette Garber, who was a champion for the trucking industry through her photography of trucks and the life of trucking. Her saying, “I can’t make you rich, but I can make you famous” is remembered by many.
If you are thinking about building a truck in tribute to honor a person, cause, or passion, do your research to find the right people to help you design and put together something that will be a true expression of what you are hoping to accomplish. As you attend truck shows this year, take the time to talk to the owners of tribute trucks. There is always a moving story behind their masterpiece.
Stay Safe Out There And Keep It Shiny!
Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.