WAXHAW, NC – Waxhaw’s car cruises have become some of the most anticipated events in the Tri-W area, and Saturday’s Memorial Day weekend cruise was no exception. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the area gathered Saturday morning at Cuthbertson High School, with flags and revving engines, ready to honor our fallen veterans.
Carolina Cruise4Kids has become a staple of the Waxhaw community over the past few months, bringing light to the Waxhaw community amidst unprecedented circumstances.
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Kevin Arndt, Us Air Force veteran, and founder of Carolina Cruise4Kids said, after seeing the need in the community, that he wanted to expand the group to bring their camaraderie to the entirety of the Carolinas. As the cruises become increasingly popular, Arndt’s goal seems to be coming to fruition. Groups from across the Carolinas have become aware of the good that Carolina Cruise4Kids has done, and the cruises continue to grow.
Groups that have supported this cruise, and others, include UC Jeeples, WORN Waxhaw Off-Road Network, Waxhaw Coffee Cruisers, and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Funds raised from this cruise went to benefit TAPS the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Donations to support families of fallen veterans can be made at www.taps.org
Memorial Day is the nation’s opportunity to honor those who have fallen, Arndt said. “Families around our nation,” he said, “mourn the loss of their sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers every day. They feel that loss. They see that empty seat at dinner, the father who will never get to walk his daughter down the aisle because he served abroad so that other men could walk their daughters down the aisle.”
“In honor of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said, “love your neighbor, protect our nation’s youth, and never pass up an opportunity to be the light in a dark room. Those who never made it home didn’t sacrifice their lives for us to live idly, while we watch others do good. Our nation needs us all to use our blessings for good, to remember we’re in this fight together, and to honor our fallen in every action and interaction.”
The next cruise will be in Indian Trail, on June 6, with a staging area and showtime to be announced. Up to date cruise information can be found at the Carolina Cruise4Kids Facebook page under the events tab.