‘Never forget:’ a simple roadside vigil & a little American muscle equals big impact

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville retired U.S. Army Veteran Bill Binkley has a passion for American Muscle. After 30 year in the military, retiring from the Civil Service 2 years ago, he certainly has plenty passion for our country, too.

Binkley is a member of a local Corvette Club called 'Vets with Vettes.' Cruising around in his beautiful yellow sports car seems a fitting way to end his military career. He says this past weekend the group, flags festooned on their vehicles, slowed down on the interstate while passing through the Chattanooga area. Binkley decided to take that sentiment to the streets in Huntsville, but this time, he was alone.

He says the events in Chattanooga hit home; as it should with all of us, according to Binkley.

"Those service members don't deserve to have to come home and find themselves having to defend themselves again on their own home turf."

Binkley asked permission of Osborne's Jewelers on South Memorial Parkway to allow him to flex his patriotic muscle in their parking lot -- just for a few hours. So they agreed to let the vet pull his sports car in for a pit stop.

"As simple as this seems, they are willing to facilitate it so my hat is off to them."

Along with his simple message -- the words 'Never Forget Our Fallen Heroes' emblazoned on the hood of his car -- is an air of civil protest.

"There comes a time when we have to step back as a nation and say, 'why is everything so screwed up?'"

Binkley says while he may not agree with the Obama administration's foreign policy, he doesn't blame the leadership. "But there's 535 other individuals up on Capitol Hill that got their head planted somewhere else instead of doing their job for we the people."

At his roadside vigil just steps away from a Marine Corps Training Center next door to the jewelry store, he brings a solemn warning: "They said they would bring it to us -- they're bringing it to us, now. After 911  everybody was proudly flying the American flags; where'd they go? American people forget too easy."

Armed with an umbrella stationed at his humble post,  what ever a honk, wave or passing glance is worth, Binkley says he just wants us all to remember.

"If nothing else, if somebody drives this highway out here and looks up and just thinks a moment and goes home and talks to their family about it, then it's not forgotten. Everybody's going to do their own thing," Binkley says, "this is mine."

Bill Binkley says when he approached Osborne's Jewelers about using the parking lot as a venue to spread his message of remembrance, they immediately got on board.  And it looks like Binkley made an impact, even if a small one. Several people stopped Monday afternoon to shake his hand, bring him cold drinks and just thank him.