Corvette Honoring Veterans Part of Corvette Museum Anniversary

Aug 28, 2019

A caravan of Corvettes passed through Cape Girardeau Tuesday.

Hundreds of new and classic cars headed to the 25th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

One of the cars to be celebrated Wednesday at the museum belonged to Clair Steiner from South Dakota.

Credit Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Steiner attends car shows all over the country in his patriotically detailed Corvette. The Vietnam veteran invites other service members to sign the vehicle.
"Right now, I have over 10,000 signatures. You're going to say, 'there's not 10,000 on there now.' There isn't. What I do is I take pictures of them and archive all those pictures and come August the 28th of this year, all of them will go on the wall down at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky."

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As a Vietnam veteran, Steiner says this is extra special for him.
"A lot of veterans suffer from PTSD; they have problems or whatever, this gives them a little relief. They think somebody cares, and I do care. It gives them a little something, 'oh my names on a Corvette or this is going to go where?' It's good for them and it's good for me."

Steiner and his Corvette stopped earlier this year at the grand opening of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville, which is where the photos were taken.