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You might not expect it, but in the middle of Reno's Hot August Nights event at the Peppermill, you'll find a classic 1934 Ford that doubles as an American military tribute. 

"If it wasn't for our military, we wouldn't be standing here talking right now," says owner and Vietnam Veteran, Fred Loveland. He stressed the importance of paying tribute to military members, specifically prisoners of war and those still missing in action.

The idea to design his car in such a way came to Loveland after he was involved with the Wounded Warrior Project for some time. 

It's taken about12 years for Loveland to get the car to the point it's at now--complete with POW, MIA and KIA flags, pictures of military members lining the inside of the roof, and decals representing first-responders killed in the line of duty on 9/11.

There's also an American flag painted on the roof, with the pledge of allegiance written across it. 

One Hot August Nights visitor and Veteran Marine, Bill Baines, says it's the overall message he appreciates, "So frequently veterans are put on on the back-burner, they're lost in the shuffle." He continued, "Anything that commemorates veterans, as far as I'm concerned, it can't be overdone."

Luckily, Fred says he won't be done honoring American heroes anytime soon, "As long as i can keep driving it, I'll be back."

His car isn't only on display at car shows, though. He's also honored veterans by showcasing the '34 Ford tribute at more than 400 service members' funerals. 

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