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CommuniCations

in their Honor
aBa members recognize america's veterans, first responders, and their families
By Dan Ronan

M

any generous aBa
members deserve
a rousing round of
applause for the
generosity they again
showed in honoring
military veterans and their families prior
to and during Memorial Day Weekend.
First, star Coaches of atlanta provided
a beautiful entertainment motorcoach
that was driven the month of May from
West Point, New york to Dallas, texas as
a critical part of “Carry the load.” this
two-thousand mile, walking relay journey
was designed to raise awareness and bring
more attention to Memorial Day as a time
of remembrance to honor our deceased
military veterans and first responders.
the shrink-wrapped bus became
the “command post,” as hundreds of
volunteers joined the caravan walking
from upstate New york, down to DC,
through Virginia, into the Carolinas, then
into georgia, back north to tennessee,
through arkansas, and then into texas.
“What was really amazing was the impact on safety, security, and visibility and
just the recognition we have gotten along
the road. the motorcoach is so significant,
just the way it’s wrapped and the credibility we are given as an organization by
being in a platform like that. It’s been
really amazing,” said “Carry the load”
founder, former Navy seal Clint Bruce.
“Carry the load” has raised nearly $1.1
million for military and first-responder
non-profits. the event culminated with a
20-hour walk through Dallas where thousands of people lined the streets cheering
the walkers on as they entered a city park,
lined with american flags.
Not to be outdone, for the second
year in a row, several Washington, DC,
Virginia and Maryland area motorcoach
companies provided significant assis-

tance for the annual tragedy assistance
Program for survivors (taPs) four-day
Memorial Day weekend events.
aBa members Martz, Eyre Bus,
Reston limousine, Haymarket transportation, and DC trails made sure the
more than two-thousand military family
members were transported around the
Washington, DC area in complete safety
and comfort. By the generosity of our
aBa members, taPs says it can use the
savings to build on other programs it has
to help the families of military members
who have died, while on active duty or
after they return from a deployment.
taPs held the 19th annual National
Military survivor seminar and good
grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend,
welcoming over 2,000 participants to
Washington, DC. taPs President and
Founder Bonnie Carroll said, “thanks to
the tremendous support from the american Bus association, member companies
provided over 80 busses transporting
families to ceremonies including the
President’s address at arlington National
Cemetery, the Memorial Day Parade, and
the Washington National’s baseball game
honoring our nation's fallen heroes. aBa
member busses also transported the chil-

dren of our heroes around Washington to
visit memorials and learn how america
remembers their dad and honors their
family’s sacrifice for freedom. taPs is so
grateful for the care and pride exhibited
by all the drivers, and the care they all
took to ensure our families felt safe and
cared for and honored,” added Carroll.
DC trails also provided transportation
for actor/musician gary sinise and his
lt. Dan Band who played a free concert
at the Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center, formerly known as
Bethesda Naval Medical Center for
an estimated 6,000 disabled veterans,
family members, doctors, hospital staff,
and volunteers. “We’d like to extend a
very special thank you to DC trails for
providing the lt. Dan Band’s ground
transportation to the concert at Bethesda. together, we helped bring a day of
hope and inspiration to the recovering
wounded heroes, their caregivers, and
their families,” said gary sinise Foundation Executive Director judy Otter.
When we get a request for donated or
reduced-price coaches from a non-profit,
we help any way we can. Many of our
owner/operators are military vets, and
they deserve credit for being so generous.

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Destinations Magazine - July/August 2013
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At the Fifty
The Thrill Is On
Leder(hosen) of the Pack
The Masters of Disaster
Sea for Yourself
Reaching Out
All About Safety
In Their Honor
A New Sheriff in Town
The Beach is Back
Multi-Use Makeover
All in the Family
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