Freedom Is Not Free

It is with profound gratitude that we dedicate this truck to all who have served in our Armed Forces. We honor the sacrifices of the many men and women who have given their lives to secure our freedom.

May we never take for granted or abuse the freedoms we enjoy in America. May we never forget the cost of our liberty. May we always be grateful to those who defend it.

…and may we be worthy of their sacrifice.

- Rick and Elizabeth Peters

Artwork: Jere Harley
Original art "Corpsman": Norm Bergsma (
Mt. Suribachi photo: Joe Rosenthal

Truck: 2007 Peterbilt 379, 127" BBC
Engine: CAT C-15, 625 hp, 2,050 ft-lb torque
Transmission: Fuller RTLO20918b (18 sp.)
Length: 74'10"
GCW: 40,000 lb
GVWR: 105,500 lb
Suspension: Chalmers 854
Axles: Dana/Spicer, 14.6k Front, 46k Rear
Lift axle: Hendrickson Composilite 2

Special thanks to:
DSU Peterbilt, Portland, OR
Reliance Trailers, Spokane, WA


Local Businessman Thanks Veterans Through His Trucking Company

"Rolling Tribute" Created To Honor Those Who Sacrificed for Our Freedom

[Wilsonville, OR] – To Rick Peters, thanking Veterans is serious business. He and his wife, Elizabeth, started by producing an event in 2003 that packed 1,000 people into a Newberg auditorium to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Today, his appreciation is expressed through a special vehicle covered with murals that honors Veterans…and with a vision for much bigger things to come.

The vehicle is a construction truck and trailer painted in honor of those who have served in our Armed Forces. On the driver’s side is a picture of an upturned helmet in the sand, and the passenger's side shows the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. On the trailer is a depiction of a soldier carrying his wounded brother-in-arms from the battlefield; another scene is that of medic tending to a wounded soldier.

The painting was done by a Portland artist suffering from terminal cancer. Every day for a month, Jere Harley headed to the shop to work on what he called "one of the most rewarding projects" he's worked on. He was receiving both chemo and radiation treatments during the time he was working on the truck. He said that many days the art gave him a reason to get out of bed each morning. Harley's brother is a retired colonel in the Marines.

Peters sees this as a foretaste of something far larger for our Vets. Having produced and participated in a number of Veteran support events in the past, he and Elizabeth are now working on a center for Veterans. A partnership of public and private groups, the center would include facilities for health care, sports & recreation, pharmacy, and other Veteran’s services. The center would also have a community focus, with a museum, amphitheater, arboretum, educational programs, meeting rooms, and an auditorium.

The truck is a way for Peters to encourage returning Veterans to become owners of businesses, or to connect with employers eager to hire Vets. The truck is also a reminder to all of us that Freedom Is Not Free. "We owe these men and women so much" Peters said. "It is our duty and our honor to serve those who have served."

"If only one Veteran looks at this and realizes there are many Americans who appreciate the sacrifice he or she has made, it will all be worth it."

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