Truck Drivers: an often misunderstood and under appreciated bunch of men and women. When thinking about what they do, day-in and day-out, I get a little misty eyed. After a slap to the back of the head, I get reminded by our fearless leader, Joyce, "There's no crying in trucking! They aren't crying about it, why should you?"
Many years ago, before I had the privilege to work in trucking, someone had a great idea to honor these warriors of the road. I mean, the trees get a day... why can't truckers get a whole week! On September 15-21, 2013 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Let's take this time to do what we should be doing every day of the week. Honoring the hard working professionals of our highways and byways.
Here at Brenny, we have a whole week of fun and activities for them. We have a potluck, rootbeer floats and popcorn/old truckin' movies. BJ and The Bear, anyone? Smokey and Bandit 1, 2 and 3? We have heard some customers giving drivers steak dinners, shirts, water bottles, hats. Honestly, it really doesn't have to be anything. A "thank you" goes an awful long way in making a drivers day. Heck, their week.
Every year, we also purchase a billboard spot and dedicate it to this event. This year we decided to do something a little different. There is a trucking angel named Eddie Supan. WHAT!?!? You haven't heard of Eddie Supan? The man is a legend! He was a Grand Champion driver through and through. Not only did he take immense pride in what he did, he was a stand up human being. If you haven't guessed already, Eddie left us on Sept 12, 2012. Almost one year ago, to the day. He passed doing what he loved. Trucking. We know our buddy, Eddie, is looking down on us and smiling because I didn't know Eddie to do anything else.