Veterans choose the basic automotive present and lift funds for Honor Flight Bluegrass

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WAVE) – It was a blast from the past at a Louisville restaurant on Saturday afternoon as drivers demonstrated classic drives for charity.

Honor Flight Bluegrass, a nonprofit that aims to send veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials related to World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War, held its first annual classic car show.

The event brought dozens of vintage cars and trucks to Mike Linnig’s restaurant on Cane Run Road. Veterans served as prominent jurors for the event, awarding top honors to the best classic rides.

Proceeds from the event will go to this year’s upcoming flight on October 20, which will be the first and only flight in 2021.

Jeff Thoke, chairman of the board of directors of Honor Flight Bluegrass, said the trips give veterans an opportunity to connect with fellow served colleagues.

“That way we can really honor our veterans,” said Thoke. “I think they really appreciate that we fly them to Washington and honor them for their services.”

In addition, the national anthem was sung by 9-year-old D’Corey Johnson, a third grader from Bates Elementary who has gone viral for his powerful musical performances.

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