BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on a U.S. military reserve, the lives of those lost and wounded are still on our minds and weigh heavy on our hearts.
Saturday, in historic Blountville, two organizations came together for the third year in a row to show off a hobby, while helping those who fight for our country.
It’s a chance to show off your slick ride. “350 engine, ’69 Camaro orange,” said Ronnie Bennett of Johnson City.
The Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club and the American Patriots Pastime, Incorporated, team up in support of our military. “It’s all about the troops,” Bennett said.
But in the wake of the shootings in Chattanooga, “this is something that’s fresh on our hearts, because we are part of that family,” said A.P.P.I President Allen Houser. He said, “with what happened in Chattanooga, it allows us to be reminded again that there is a fight that is still on.”
It’s a fight that both organizations want to make easier. “Support our troops, our vision hasn’t changed,” said Tim Duncan with the North Tennessee Mustang Club.
100% of the proceeds from the car show go toward shipping everyday items to the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our freedom. Houser said, “a simple, small thing of toothpaste, it’s something that they appreciate, and it’s something that we have the opportunity to supply to them.”
“I think it’s good to acknowledge what our service people do for us,” Bennett told News Channel 11.
If you missed this year’s event, it will be happening again on the last Saturday of July next year.
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