FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Army Historical Foundation has announced that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is a “Three Star” Circles of Distinction sponsor of the new National Museum of the Unites States Army, constructed to honor the service and sacrifices of every American Soldier since 1775. ATA’s name has been engraved on the granite Donor Wall in the Museum’s lobby and on a plaque at the entrance to the Army and Society Gallery (which has a 1917 Liberty Truck on display) in recognition of their support.
“The Museum would not be possible without generous donations made to the campaign,” said the Foundation’s President, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz. “The Foundation and Museum owe a special debt of gratitude to the American Trucking Associations and its members, for not only their contribution to the campaign, but also, their contributions to society,” Schultz added.
The Class-B “Liberty Truck” was produced by the U.S. Army during World War I, and was the first official standardized motor vehicle adopted and produced by the United States military.
The Museum, which opened on November 11 at Fort Belvoir, Va., has already been praised as one of the top military museums in the nation. The Museum is the first to tell the entire history of the nation’s oldest military service, immersing visitors in the story of the U.S. Army through compelling galleries, moving exhibits, a multisensory 300-degree theater, tranquil rooftop garden, and hundreds of historic treasures rarely or never-before seen by the public.
“There’s a natural linkage between the armed services and America’s trucking industry, because we’re both driven by the same core values. I believe that’s why so many veterans transition into trucking upon leaving military service, and why the appreciation for those who serve in uniform runs so deep in our business,” said ATA president and CEO, Chris Spear.
“American Trucking Associations is honored to join the Foundation’s Circles of Distinction. May this Liberty Truck be a reminder that truckers all across our country proudly stand tall in honoring the American Soldier, and that the U.S. Army will always find an ally in ATA,” he added.
ATA joins more than 250 corporations, foundations, and individuals who have made major contributions toward this historic project. To date, the Army Historical Foundation has raised more than $180 million dollars towards the $200 million campaign goal.
On December 14, the Museum temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The Army will post the Museum’s current operating status and the date of re-opening on its website, theNMUSA.org.
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