No matter what your political affiliation, I think you’d agree that it is important that soldiers be honored and thanked for their service. This is especially the case for soldiers who were wounded and made so many sacrifices fighting for our country. The National Corvette Museum recently honored local wounded warriors with an event in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Thanks to our friends at CorvetteBlogger for bringing us the news.
The event started out as the dream of April Kaufmann. After touring the NCM, Kaufmann approached Wendell Strode, the Museum’s executive director, with the idea. Strode, a wounded veteran from Vietnam, and NCM embraced the idea, stating that nothing was more fitting than using “America’s Sports Car” to honor wounded soldiers.
As we reported earlier this year, ExxonMobil, GM, the 445th Airlift Wing and the National Association for Uniformed Service partnered with the NCM to make this event possible. Although it took a bit longer to get together than originally expected, the event began at 7 a.m. on Thursday June 2nd with the pick-up of local soldiers.
Wounded warriors from the Bowling Green, Kentucky area were picked up from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox in an array of Corvettes driven by volunteers for the event. Escorted by Kentucky State Police, the Corvette caravans made their way to the NCM and were greeted with lines of individuals clapping and showing their appreciation for the soldiers. Once they made their way out of the Corvettes, soldiers were treated to tours of the NCM and the Corvette assembly plant. After the day was over, the Corvette caravans returned the soldiers to the army bases.
Drivers from 15 states volunteered their time and Corvettes to participate in the event. While the day was filled with neat activities, the most rewarding part for many was spending time with the soldiers. It’s great to see that some of America’s warriors are being honored with events like this. We hope to see more events like this in the future.