OGDEN -- Arthur Keeley enjoyed spending his Saturday looking at antique cars in the parking lot of the George Wahlen Veteran's Home.
This was the second car show at the home this summer sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 481, so the wheelchair-bond Korean War Veteran had his favorite vehicles picked out and was eager to vote before the rain hit.
He and other fellow veterans home residents look forward to activities held at the home because they can stroll out when they want and can spend as much time as they want looking at things - in this case, the vintage cars.
"I saw so many I liked and it gets me out in the fresh air," Keeley said. "Besides it warms me up," joking that the air conditioning gets cold inside.
"It's really good, but it's nice to get warm out here," Keeley said as he looked toward the car show.
Stephen Edmison, past president of Post 481, had hoped for a bigger turnout at Saturday's car show but knows that attendance will get bigger year after year. He put out flyers at mechanic shops, put the word out online and in local newspapers, but also knows he had to compete with another car show in Willard as well.
Edmison said the event raised several hundred dollars for the veteran's home, which is one of the main goals. The other goal was met as well - giving the veterans in the home a little enjoyment for the day.
"The guys from the nursing home come out in their chairs. Some of them have been out here three or four times," Edmison said.
Veterans car shows are Fred Buchler's favorite shows to do. That's why he brought a car for the show and spent his day listening to the veterans talk about their military service.
Although Buchler didn't serve in the military himself due to health reasons, his life has been surrounded by those who have.
"Veterans get forgotten about once they go to places like this," he said of the veterans' home. He loves coming to events like the car show because it gets them out and gets them talking.
"They have stories to tell," Buchler said. He encourages people to come out to the home and visit the veterans with their children so they have some understanding of the service so many rendered on behalf of the country.
"Support your veterans. Think about it. They gave us our country," he said. He doesn't mind paying the $10 registration fee to enter his car and said he would gladly pay more to be a part of the show.
Dennis Carlson, a member of Post 481, likes to bring his family to any of the events the post does. He especially enjoys events like the car show.
"I love it. Now we know we've just got to get the word out more," Carlson said. Carlson served in the Iraq war and has been home since 2007. He works hard to help the post be a big part of the community.
"We're everywhere and we want to be part of the community," he said. He believes having the show at the veterans home is an excellent idea because of the space available and the ease with which veterans living in the home can enjoy the show.
"I think it gives people a chance to come and see what this home is all about," he said.