Once again, the Fallen Aviator Car Show has grown into a bigger and better car show than the year before. Despite the 90°F+ heat, hundreds of enthusiastic and energetic participants, spectators, and volunteers joined together for one day to honor the fallen, raise money for scholarships, and have a great time doing it.
You can read the statistics down at the bottom of this page to see how successful we were at hosting this event by the numbers. But the way we truly measure success at the Fallen Aviator Car Show is by the number of people who hear the names and remember our five fallen brethren. Life sometimes brings tragedy and pain that will never completely heal. But if this car show succeeds in bringing about one small bright spot in the midst of that tragedy, then it has accomplished its mission. We have faith that raising some money for someone to better themselves would make our fallen friends proud and that small act honors their memories. We also hope that this car show helps our Gold Star Families find a small measure of healing.
It has been a personal privilege of mine to witness the numerous selfless acts of hard work and volunteerism that it takes to put on a top-rate car show. Only a deep motivation to honor their brothers and sister can explain the dedication of so many, putting in countless hours of unglamorous work without complaint or desire for something in return. No ordinary car show could explain that. No ordinary car show can bring grown men to tears when they speak of why they do what they do. The Fallen Aviator Car Show has become the most tangible way for many of us to remember those that have gone before us and that is why we feel such a personal attachment to its success. We hope that you can feel that if not every day, at least one Saturday in September.