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‘Rolling Remembrance’ Relay Rolls Into Casey’s Convenience Store

American flag flown in combat in Afghanistan helps raise awareness, funds for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Photograph courtesy of Casey's General Stores

Casey’s General Stores Inc. and PepsiCo paid tribute April 8 to the nation’s fallen service members and military families during an outdoor event as part of the “Rolling Remembrance” relay, a more than 14,000-mile-long relay of an American flag flown in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2012 to help raise awareness and funds for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Using normal business routes, PepsiCo’s network of drivers passed off the storied flag at various relay points, including a Casey’s convenience store in Ankeny, Iowa. Through the course of the relay, 55 PepsiCo drivers, who are all also military veterans, transported the American flag across the country, handing it off to one another from Seattle to New York.

Attendees heard from Casey’s President and CEO Darren Rebelez; PepsiCo’s Logistics, Distribution and Transportation Senior Director Matt Laneve; and Children of Fallen Patriots Development Associate Sheridan Skurupey-McDonald, a program beneficiary.

“At Casey’s, our purpose is to make life better for our communities and guests every day, including supporting and honoring our service members and their families for their selfless sacrifices,” said Rebelez, a U.S. Army veteran. “We’re proud to partner with PepsiCo through meaningful opportunities like Rolling Remembrance and Children of Fallen Patriots to provide impactful scholarships to children who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty.”

  • Casey's General Stores is No. 3 on CSP’s 2023 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by store count.

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s operates more than 2,600 c-stores in 17 greater Midwestern states and Texas. The company is the third-largest convenience-store retailer, the fourth-largest holder of liquor licenses and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States.

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