Frito-Lay veteran truck drivers, local employees host event in remembrance of fallen soldiers

Charles Clements, a PepsiCo Beverages driver and U.S. Army veteran, holds the Rolling Remembrance flag at a relay stop in Auburn, Wash. on March 21, 2024. Photo provided by PepsiCo.
Tomorrow, the trucks will stop at Frito-Lay headquarters to celebrate the halfway point of the 14,000-mile-long journey.

Frito-Lay headquarters are serving as a halfway point in Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s Rolling Remembrance event, which will feature a 14,000-mile-long American flag relay in support of those who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

“Approximately 25,000 children have lost a parent in military service over the last 35 years. Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet with 52% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year according to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation,” a news release said. “With no central repository of information from which to find these families, the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation works to find each of these children to assist them with scholarships and educational counseling.”

55 PepsiCo drivers – who all are also military veterans – are transporting the American flag across the country, handing it off to one another at relay points from Seattle to New York. Photo provided by PepsiCo.

The flag will crisscross around the country for more than two months alongside 55 Frito-Lay and Pepsi semi-truck drivers, who are all military veterans themselves, for the 61 stops, including Frito-Lay headquarters..

“The relay is an annual tradition for Frito-Lay’s more than 66,000 employees, nearly 7,000 of which call the Metroplex home,” according to a news release. “Now in its ninth year, the Rolling Remembrance relay has raised more than $2 million for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, equivalent to 320 years of college tuition for their scholars.”

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