The Route 66 Patriot Car Show is an annual tribute held in Tulsa, Oklahoma dubbed The Most Patriotic City in the Nation on Memorial Day Weekend in honor of the countless heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces defending and protecting America, the Beautiful and her freedom. The City of Tulsa in collaboration with Tulsa Route 66 Main Street and sponsors wish to support and celebrate with Folds of Honor the precious lives of the brave men and women who have fallen in the most patriotic way that only the birth place of the Mother Road can in Southwest Tulsa with a car show and a cruise right along the Main Street of America, the Historic Route 66.
In the photograph below front and center stands Tulsa’s very own heavily decorated WWII Veteran and POW, the late Bill Chaney. With two purple hearts there was never a prouder patriot who celebrated everyday living the American Dream. He traveled Route 66 building his business while his wife, Ann Chaney, a former chemistry teacher, elected to stay at home to raise their four sons. After retirement Bill traveled again along Route 66 to high schools all over Oklahoma sharing his patriotism and his testimony of survival in subzero temperatures, watching friends get killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot in the back suffering more than 200 pieces of shrapnel all over his body. This was after he miraculously survived Omaha Beach and before his capture by the Germans. He said, “There was a lot of praying going on. If you wasn’t scared you wasn’t there.”