Corvettes Cruise through the Air Force Retirement Home
What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a parade of cars all made with American ingenuity.
As News 25’s Kristen Durand reports, the Gulf Coast Corvette Club rolled out the red carpet for dozens of corvettes and their owners at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.
Old cars, new cars, red, white and blue cars: if it’s a Corvette, it was probably at the Armed Forces Retirement home. Dozens of these fine American muscle cars with the Gulf Coast Corvette Club paraded through the area.
Air Force veteran and car enthusiast Clarence McGee says his days of car repairs are in the rear view, but he can still appreciate the sight of a good high performance auto. “I think it’s impressive, I really do. I appreciate them all coming by and spending time talking with us and it’s exciting.”
Behind the wheels of the 41 Corvettes are drivers from five different states, some of them veterans themselves. Air Force Veteran Terry Frey said, “I was involved in Desert Shield and I’m very proud of that. We have a son that’s in the Air Force and we’re very proud of him and we would not be the country that we are today if it wasn’t for our veterans that protected us so that we have our freedoms.”
Like Navy veteran William Shurtleff, all on a drive to have fun, but also not steer away from the meaning of this holiday. “We have a freedom that our veterans gave us. We need to preserve our freedom. No other country has it like we do and by gosh, we need to keep it.”
The inner hood of Shurtleff’s 2007 Corvette is painted with a replica of the aircraft carrier he served on that was bombed July 29th, 1967, a constant reminder of the cost of freedom and the sailors lost that day. “This is what I do, that’s why the date is on there, to remember the sailors that got killed that day. 134,” said Shurtleff.
Navy veteran Diana Dopp said, “They paved the way for us to keep our ship safe. They showed us what to do and what not to do and they’re the real heroes.”