October 18, 2013
The leasing division of Kenworth Sales Co. – Kenworth Sales Company-PacLease – provided the use of a Kenworth T660 for the UT6 Artifact Tour, which was coordinated by Mountain Crane Service and the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation.
UT6, a cement block removed from the slurry wall at Ground Zero under the World Trade Center, was transported by the 2014 Kenworth T660 on a 9,000-mile tour that started in Florida in August.
Garrett Blood, Maintain Crane’s Executive Director of the transportation project, says locally the stone will be a memorial to the more than 100 fallen soldiers and their families from the region – and to all those who may come later.
“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Mountain Crane,” says Martha Mills, Marketing Manager for Kenworth Sales Company. “There’s a long professional relationship, and that has turned into a strong personal relationship. When they approached us about (the project), we decided it was a good fit for our particulars and skill set and there was something – a product – we could do more than just write a check.”
“It was a beautiful rig,” Blood says. “They allowed us to put decals on it…make it pretty – all red, white and blue. It was a beautiful truck.”
Mountain Crane provided the personnel, drivers, permits, insurance, fuel costs, crane apparatus and collaborated with contacts along the route from pickup to delivery. Other donors provided items essential to the transportation project.
UT6 will be placed at the Fort Douglas Military Museum as a memorial to all the fallen soldiers from the Rocky Mountain Region, and it will be officially christened with a ceremony Monday with Utah Governor Gary Herbert among other dignitaries.