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Huntsville Veteran's Day Parade
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November 11th 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
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Where: Meet before 8am at Cracker Barrel, 120 Cleghorn Boulevard, Madison, AL 35758-8806

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Vets with Vettes will be meeting to rollout for the parade at 8:15am to escort Wounded Warriors. Should be a really nice sight.
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Old October 23rd   #2
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hmmmmmm
this might be cool
to bad other cars can't be in this or can they?
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Old October 23rd   #3
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I'm not sure what the parade requirements are. I've envisioned a line of cars representing the entire car scene in the parade, but so far it's only been a vision.
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RCMC is usually in it, I was in it once as the lead car for the club. I only made it half way before my clutch went out.

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Yep, parades aren't exactly clutch-friendly. Do you know if RCMC is in it this year? I know the Christmas parade is usually packed full of local car/bike organizations.
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Keep me in the loop if you can. I'll try to support them as well if I know where and when.
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I have to work, but the 'vette will make it to escort a wounded warrior.
Yes, not clutch friendly, hopefully the wife does okay with that....

Hope you get some good pictures!
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It was a great turnout as usual. I got stuck down by the parade, so I got some shots there too.
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Yes, it was an outstanding turnout!!
http://www.vetswithvettes.us/index.c...on=d402&id=171
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Yep, RCMC does this every year. An absolutely beautiful day!
Good to see you out there, Samir!

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Congrats to all the Vets....Am one myself...THANK YOU....
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Good to see you out there, Samir!

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Good to see you too, and great pics!
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Congrats to all the Vets....Am one myself...THANK YOU....
You're welcome. I try to remind myself that one day of remembering sometimes isn't enough...especially when I see emails like this one (from the NABMS email list):

"Hi folks:

I'm Ken Stone, owner of a 66 TR4A, member and media committee chair of the Cape Cod British Car Club in Massachusetts. I have a request for all of you down in Alabama (not a monetary one, so read on). Bit of a story.

This September, a group of members from our club joined with a large number of american classics from the "Shamrods" club on the cape in an "Adventure Weekend" put together by the Wounded Warrior Project. The WWP began as a modest attempt to provide comfort items to service members wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq and has grown into a national non-for-profit, fully donation based organization that accepts no state or governmental funds. The WWP provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. There are programs for economic empowerment through higher education, technology training and employment assistance; programs designed to provide peer support and mentoring; advocacy on local and national issues and services to help soldiers and their families with the challenges of readjustment and rehabilitation for both the body and the mind. The Adventure Weekend down the Cape was an example of some of what they do. Wounded soldiers, many still active military while in rehabilitation, were flown in, free of charge to them, from hospitals and bases throughout the country. They were here for a weekend away from the stress associated with all they are going through. Car club members assembled at the Spaudling Rehabilitation Hospital on the Cape where the soldiers met us and chose a vehicle to ride in. When then caravanned down the Cape to a harbor where the soldiers left us for a day of deep sea fishing on a charted boat.

If you and your members get the "British Marque Car Club News" (I know you in the Panhandle British Car Club do), you can see an article I wrote about the ride in this month's edition (November, vol. 22, no. 6) on page 29. For those who don't get the paper, you could go to my club's website ( www.capecodbritishcarclub.org )and find the article under our most recent newsletter (I also have some pictures of my soldier passenger and me in the Triumph if anyone is interested. The car is much better looking than me).

The solider who choose to ride with me is an Alabama resident, Sargent Brandon Lloyd. We had plenty of time to talk along the ride and I found his attitude as well as his story inspiring. I doubt I would have been able to keep as positive an attitude as he had I gone through what he has. Though just recently retired from the military due to his injuries, Brandon wanted to make a career of the Army. Initially a sniper scout, he spent the last years of his service deployed as a combat medic. You can all imagine what that must be like. It was while serving as a medic during his last deployment that he was severely wounded. He now walks with a cane and when we met, dealt with chronic pain while he faced the prospect of a number of additional surgeries. Even while going through his own tough recovery, he has tried to help his fellow soldiers by becoming active in the WWP and by being a mentor to many of the younger wounded young men and women. See the websites below regarding him that I found via a google search. You'll see that among other things, during his active service, he was awarded - 3 Army Commendation Medals - 4 Army Achievement Medals - 2 Bronze Star Medals - and at least 1 Purple Heart Medal (for some reason I thought it was 2).

www.wwiaf.org/detail_associate.php?id=9
www.woundedwarriorsinaction.org/associates.html

So here is the deal. I contacted Brandon last month trying to get some pictures for the Marque newspaper article. He just got back to me with them and told me a bit of what is going on in his life. Not much good. He spoke of how his wife had to give up her job to provide caretaking for him during the early part of his recovery. He couldn't contribute because he remained active army until just recently. If you know how the process works, you know that a disabled solider most often waits quite a while for discharge from the military while it takes its time to decide what level of disability to assign him or her. And with his condition, I doubt there is too much he can do work wise at this time. Money has been tight and he wrote that their bank is looking to foreclose. Third child is due soon and his wife's car was recently totaled. That leaves the family with a pickup which is obviously inadequate for their needs and they can't afford to purchase another vehicle at this time. This is what I'm thinking.

I'm assuming that as car guys, someone in one of your clubs down there (or other car clubs you know of) might know of a beater that is still safe and reliable that isn't worth much and might be donated (maybe through his church and therefore as a tax deductible donation). Or, maybe some of the better wrenches in your clubs might know of a vehicle that someone would like to get out of the yard and your guys could volunteer time for a good cause and get it in proper, safe running shape. Bottom line, I'm trying to think of some creative way of getting this guy's family some wheels, Regardless of whatever one's politics, I think all agree that all these wounded Vets need our help. While this is just one guy out of many who deserve that help, I figure if we all do what we can one guy at a time, it can mean a lot in the long run for the helpers as well as the helpees (so to speak).

So let me know if any of you or your club members can do this or can come up with other ideas to get them a car. Also, if you want to or feel a need to check into Brandon further before you commit to doing anything, let me know what you need and I will try to run it down. He does not know I am sending this out and didn't ask for the help, though I know he would appreciate it. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this.

Ken Stone"
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