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Evansville Veterans Celebrate Veterans Day With Drive-By Parade

The Old Tin Street Rods drove more than 20 of their classic cars around the Wyndmoor of Evansville to bring joy to the seven veterans that are currently living there.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 6:11 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 10:06 AM

Veterans Day Celebrations happening across our tri-state.

And one group of veterans, deciding to spend their day bringing joy to older veterans that are in a long-term care facility.

At the Wyndmoor of Evansville, there are seven veterans that served our country honorably in many wars, including World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and the Old Tin Street Rods came together to put on a drive-thru parade in honor of those veterans inside.

More than 20 different classic cars, driven by military veterans, circled around the Wyndmoor of Evansville honking their horns and waving American flags on Veterans Day in hopes bring joy to those veterans inside.

“Just to know that we haven’t forgot about them, and make them feel better," said Ronald Beard, U.S. Navy Veteran. "Just a little bit of something positive for them, instead of all the negative things that are happening in the world right now.”

The idea coming from Whitney Kissel, a nurse at the Wyndmoor of Evansville who’s personally seen how difficult its been for people inside of the Wyndmoor with less visitations from friends and family.

“I know several guys that own cars," said Kissel. "I know several veterans, and my dad was a veteran, and I’m very involved in a lot of veteran activities, and I thought this would be something to help make their day.”

And many days were made.

Happiness brought to the veterans inside the facility and to those participating in the parade on this Veterans Day.

And 44News spoke to some of those veterans to hear just what this day means to them.

“We’re the lucky ones," said Mark Clark, U.S. Army Veteran. "The real heroes didn’t come home, and we should honor them. God bless all of them.”

“It means that I stood up for my country when my country needed me, and we fought for things that were needed and loved within the country," said Joey McBride, U.S. Army Veteran.

And a group called Healing Tools for Veterans participated in the event as well by dropping off goodie bags to those veterans inside.

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