When you think about what a veteran is, you probably think of all the brave men and woman who have served our country and fought for our freedom. But, there is another kind of veteran you might not think about: vehicles.
In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, it had few, if any, military vehicles, meaning that the first vehicles to go “over there” were civilian passenger cars and most never returned. One of the few that did make it back was a 1918 Cadillac Type 57 touring car purchased by Presbyterian minister John H. Denison, who served with the YMCA in a troop support role.
Now that Cadillac is an honored veteran and is owned by Marc Lassen of Gardiner, Washington. It was recently on display at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan and was recently added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
To read more about this Cadillac’s participation in the war, read this article from the New York Times.
While modern Cadillac cars may not end up in wartime situations, we are thankful that many volunteers, including Mr. Denison volunteered not only themselves, but their vehicles to serve our country and we’re more than happy to grant the honor these people and vehicles deserve for their service.