Nobody deserves to be recognized more than professional truck drivers. All of us at Heavy Metal Truck Training applaud the men and women who just keep Truckin‘ (The Grateful Dead) through the Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) because they are Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie) to deliver goods across the country. When it has been a Hard Day’s Night (The Beatles) they head over to the Hotel California (The Eagles). By the Time (Pink Floyd) they arrive, Dazed And Confused (Led Zeppelin) but Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), they realize they Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones.)
After only briefly considering the question, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash), with the energy of Rocket Man (Elton John) and the get up and go of Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) they head back Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers) to Do It Again (Steely Dan.)
Sometimes it is a Slow Ride (Foghat), sometimes it is the Highway To Hell (AC/DC) and sometimes they are Running On Empty (Jackson Browne), but Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) When The Music’s Over (Doors) we are always glad The Boys (and gals) Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy).
Honoring The 3.5 Million Truck Driving Professionals
Fun and games aside, just as we look back with nostalgia at the memories conjured up by some of the classics the rock stars of music have given us over the years, so do we honor and appreciate those who deliver goods and supplies over our open roads. Without the trucking industry, our grocery store shelves would be bare, our automobiles would sit idle, and our healthcare system could grind to a halt. A week is not enough time to pay tribute to the truck driving professionals who keep the big wheels rolling (there we go again) to ensure our way of life.
The next time the opportunity presents itself, shake a trucker’s hand. Say thank you, pay for his or her meal–or better yet, invite them to sit with your family at a restaurant. Eating alone can be as lonely as driving cross country. Teach your kids to ask a driver to blow the air horn as a way to say thank you!