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Ride of Pride to appear at Fairview CIC
Ride of Pride with David Buck
David Buck is the driver for Schneiders Ride of Pride truck, which will be appearing at Fairview CIC on Saturday, June 23. Buck is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Patriotic pride will barrel into Fairview like an 18-wheeler later this month when the community holds its annual Independence Day celebration.

Schneider’s Ride of Pride truck will be on hand Saturday, June 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fairview Community Center. It’s driven by military veteran David Buck.

Ride of Pride will be the centerpiece of Fairview’s annual Independence Day celebration, which is always held before July 4. This year the celebration has been moved one Saturday earlier because that was the only scheduling slot the Ride of Pride had available.

“I’ve seen this literally bring a man to tears in 2011 because of the memories it brought,” said Sandra Green, who spearheaded efforts to bring Ride of Pride to Fairview. “This has 15 memorials on it and it’s very beautiful and emotional.”

Memorials depicted on the side of the truck include Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Green said the success of the Huey helicopter at Fairview last year is what stirred her enthusiasm to bring another military tribute this year. She said she began working on the project in January.

“This is something to try and top the Huey helicopter and I think we did it,” said Green. “I want to give a big thanks to McMinnville Police Department because one of the requirements is the Ride of Pride must be in a secure location overnight and we have been given permission to use their police lockup.”

Fairview CIC representative June McGee said she is pleased to land such a meaningful rolling tribute to the U.S. military.

“This is something that usually goes to D.C. and other big cities, not places like Fairview” said McGee. “We’re moving our celebration up one week to accommodate this truck.”

The Ride of Pride program originated in 2001 when a Freightliner employee suggested the project as a way to honor military veterans. Freightliner employees embraced the idea wholeheartedly and it quickly became part of a national effort that includes participating in the annual Ride for Freedom, a procession through Washington, D.C. each Memorial Day.

Beginning in 2002, Freightliner began awarding Ride of Pride each year to a trucking company and Schneider has a fleet of 11 Ride of Pride tractors. After touring for 13 months, the trucks are added to Schneider’s regular fleet.