Families come to the Danbury War Memorial Car, Truck & Motorcycle Festival – NBC Connecticut

In Danbury, families came to see or show off their dream cars.

“It’s a 1971 Volkswagen Beatle. We really like it. We drive it almost every day during the summer. So that will be the last weekend we take it out,” said Juan Ortega, of Danbury. .

From vintage to modern, cars of all shapes, styles and decades were displayed outside the war memorial. Some say Sunday’s festival was like stepping back in time.

“They’re all time capsules. I try to remember what’s going on every time I see a certain car,” said Mike Scherniske of New Preston.

He says his dream car is a 1965 Chevelle, which he owned before and would love to drive again.

“I’ve been a dairy farmer my whole life. Fourth generation. And that car, I sold it to buy a tractor,” Scherniske said.

Attendees were able to enjoy the view while supporting the Danbury War Memorial, which provides recreational activities for veterans after their military service – a resource that means a lot to Vietnam veteran Austin Richardson.

“From the time I came, Vietnam was a protest war. Returning veterans weren’t accepted with open arms in those days,” Richardson said. “They need someone and some type of resource to reacclimate them.”

Having served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1975, Richardson found joy in supporting other veterans alongside his electric blue 2002 Corvette.

“I would just like to thank the war memorial for giving the community the opportunity to see some great cars, for a good cause, on a beautiful day,” Richardson said.

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