It started like any other trailer order. We had beautiful new artwork for the Lima Company Memorial trailer wrap and needed it placed on a new trailer for this very important piece of American history. We placed an order for the new trailer from our friends at Wabash National Corporation, a leading American manufacturer of semi-trailers. Only this time, it was different.
Instead of handing us an invoice, Wabash National gifted the Lima Company Memorial a new hauler.
On Wednesday, May 18, R+L Carriers, Lima Company Memorial, Wabash National Corporation and 26 other vendors gathered in Lafayette, Indiana for the unveiling of the new Lima Company Memorial hauler.
History of Lima Company
The Lima Company Memorial, The Eyes of Freedom was created as a result of a vision of an Ohio artist, in which she saw the finished memorial and felt she was being asked to create it. With the help of the families of the fallen and the returned Marines of L3/25, the work was created and unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, as the vision foretold.
Although the paintings in this Memorial specifically depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25, it has become much more: a Remembrance of Spirit & Choice for all who have answered the call of service. Behind each portrait we feel the hearts and spirits of the thousands of men and women who have served, fought and died for their country, in every branch of the armed forces.
Behind the Donation
When we ordered the trailer we also sent an email with a video explaining the Lima Company cause. Wabash National circulated that video to the 26 vendors who would be working on the project. Within a few months, all of the vendors responded to that email, saying that their materials would be free! Everything down to the nuts and bolts of this hauler was donated.
Thank you to Wabash National for engaging the vendors of this project on behalf of Lima Company Memorial. Here is a complete list of vendors:
- Meritor Wabco
- Midland Stamping
- Layfayette Steel
- Steel Technologies
- Precoat Metals
- Nucor Steel
- KW Plastics
- Wabash Composites
- TKO Graphics
Mike Strahle, Director of the Lima Company Memorial and representatives from R+L Carriers were on hand in Lafayette, Indiana on May 18th to present Brent Yeagy, Senior Vice President – Group President, Commercial Trailer Products with a token of appreciation.
Upcoming Lima Company Events
Wrapped to perfection, the new hauler will waste no time being on display around the country. The crew will be in Chillicothe, Ohio at Southeastern High School May 26 in route to Washington D.C. They will caravan with the National Veterans Awareness Ride making stops at VA hospitals and schools before they arrive in Washington D.C. Once in D.C., they will display the new hauler on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Wall. Sunday May 29, the Lima Company will participate in the Rolling Thunder Ride, where nearly a million motorcycles will assemble in the Pentagon parking lot before riding around D.C.
R+L Carriers is proud to be the official transportation provider of the Lima Company Memorial Eyes of Freedom. If you are interested in learning more about the Lima Company or want to see their upcoming schedule, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org.