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BY BILL MESSER
“It was an awesome display. Occasionally someone would come up to the car and I’d watch as they would reach out and randomly touch a name. I’d wonder what drew them to that particular spot and name. Then I would ask myself, ‘Who was touching whom?’”

These days we see many groups, organizations, and plain everyday folks finding ways to help our military and veterans. One group that stands out is Fueled by the Fallen.

What makes this group unique is its hopped-up muscle car, a ’63 Chevy Nova that has the name and rank of every Marine KIA in Iraq and Afghanistan printed on it. Sadly, even with the small lettering, the car is covered in names.

The ’63 Chevy Nova (their signature car) and two ’66 Novas that have also been converted to race cars are used to display the names. Kevyn Major Howard and his group of dedicated volunteers travel around the country visiting communities and displaying their cars in a “Mobile Memorial,” as Howard terms it. As they continue to raise funds, they hope to have the names from each branch of the military on as many as seven race cars in the near future.

The cars, Howard, and crew visited Arizona during Super Bowl weekend. It was the perfect time to display the cars. There were thousands of people from around the nation enjoying the mild Arizona weather and looking forward to the big game. The weather was beautiful.

Cabela’s super store allowed Fueled by the Fallen to park its cars right at the entrance of the store, which is directly across the street from the University of Phoenix Stadium and the Super Bowl excitement. VVA’s Phoenix Chapter 432 and the Arizona State Council were honored to participate by providing refreshments, answering questions, and mostly showing our support for the program. More about this unique memorial and the volunteers who make it happen can be found at www.fueledbythefallen.com

 

 

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