Another year passes as the world carries on, forgetting about that fateful day in 2001 when thousands lost their lives and the United States was changed forever. As folks in The Big Apple and other cities in the USA hustle to make money and progress, it’s good to know that someone in the heartland still remembers and honors the people who died that day. We’re talking about John Holmgren of Shafer, MN, who put together the beautiful Rolling Memorial you see above. One day, while listening to the radio, Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?” came on. The song urges the listener to remember what they felt on 9/11, and how we vowed to stand up and bring justice to those who perpetrated these attacks. John Holgren thought, “wouldn’t it be cool to do a 9/11 truck?” The rest is history. The name of every person who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 is present on the truck, along with a mural of the World Trade Center towers and the Statue of Liberty.
John and his wife Amy wanted to drive the truck to Ground Zero and around the NY/DC/PA area to show the big-city folks that small-town America still cares and will always remember. We don’t know if that ever happened, but recently, Road Scholar America picked up the Rolling Memorial as a way to bring awareness to 9/11 charities. The tractor was replaced and given a facelift, and the trailer continues to carry freight around the USA. We wish John and Amy well in their travels, and salute them for spending over $40,000 of their own hard-earned money to honor those who died that day.
See more at Road Scholar Charities (there is music on the site, so you might want to turn your speakers down).
A big thank you to those who have fought and died for this great nation. We will never forget the sacrifices you’ve made.