American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the entire trucking industry are holding a weeklong celebration of the 3.6 million professional truck drivers who deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 12-18, provides the trucking industry an opportunity to formally recognize the efforts of professional truck drivers. State trucking associations, industry suppliers, law enforcement, and motor carriers across the nation are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver 72.5 percent of the country’s total freight tonnage.

”This week is a time to remind the public of the debt of gratitude owed to these unsung heroes,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “At a time when confidence in our national institutions sits at a low, and crises of leadership have seemingly become the norm, I’m pressed to find a group of Americans more deserving of our appreciation and respect.”

The ATA official NTDAW site offers a collection of resources to enhance driver appreciation events. These resources help recognize the efforts of the professional truck driver and demonstrate public support for the challenging work that drivers do each day.

“I call on every American to join ATA and me in honoring our drivers,” said ATA Chair Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, President and CEO of Garner Trucking in Findlay, Ohio. “This year has a special meaning in recognizing these frontline heroes who have continued to deliver life’s essentials during the pandemic.”