Roanoke Car Club Cruises to D-Day Memorial, Pays Tribute to Veterans

Bedford, VA-- May 17 is Armed Forces Day. It's a day to honor those who fought for our country's freedom. All over the nation, people were taking part in parades and ceremonies, but one car club in our area decided to use their love of cars to honor veterans.Star City Mustang and Ford Club from Roanoke paid tribute by gathering more than 100 drivers, and cruising up to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.They hoped to remind people to salute our veterans and support our national memorials.As more than 100 cars color Route 460 from Roanoke to Bedford, the drivers honor the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Their destination? The National D-Day Memorial."Freedom is not free and these people, men and women give their lives for it, and it's good that we remember that," said Timberly Martin, a member of Star City Mustang and Ford Club. The Star City Mustang and Ford Club from Roanoke, organized the cruise. It's in its second year running, and after opening up registration to other car clubs and the public, organizers say participation has more than tripled. "It's a bunch of cars. As far as I could see in my rear view mirror, I saw nothing but headlights. But I ran out of road before I ran out of headlights," said Keith Martin, Founder Star City Mustang and Ford Club. The date of the cruise coincides with Armed Forces Day, but it's also a way the car club is marking the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day. It's a cruise car club member, Timberly Martin said she wouldn't miss for the world."My father was a D-Day veteran. He drove the landing craft up to the beach and let the marines and the army guys out," said Timberly Martin.Timberly Martin knows just how important it is to support war memorials and what they represent to our veterans."Not until this monument was built, was he able to really talk about World War II and what he went through. You want other people to know and not forget what they went through," said Timberly Martin.The founder of Star City Mustang and Ford Club said the club plans to do the cruise to the memorial every year.He said by the 75th anniversary of D-Day, they hope to have more than 1,000 cars take part, and break the Guinness World Record for the largest car cruise.