Good morning, troops. It's Thursday, July 4.
Independence Day celebrations will be plentiful. Some will be sublime, others ridiculous.
But a native of Roanoke decided to celebrate by giving his children some independence on the open road.
Kaywin Martin's recent 80th birthday resulted in Julie Crawford, Terri Huber and Ken Martin receiving presents — red, white and blue 2019 Ford Mustang GT convertibles.
"This is a very patriotic time of year, between Memorial Day, the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Fourth of July holiday," Kaywin Martin stated in a news release.
"So I thought it was fitting to commemorate my 80th birthday in a patriotic way."
The Mustang presentation took place at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, Ind. The eldest Martin has been a museum benefactor; he has donated at least one vehicle to its collection.
Martin's father once owned a Ford dealership in Roanoke, so the brand is ingrained in the family. Martin retired from Ford in 1993 after a 30-year career.
A Ford dealer, Roanoke Ford, remains in the village.
Although Martin now resides in Florida, he still returns to Woodford County to purchase vehicles.
The red, white and blue Mustangs came from Mangold Ford in Eureka. Martin and dealership owner Mike Mangold are friends.
It appeared the gifts received an appropriate reaction from the Martin progeny. Huber said she and her siblings should be the ones surprising their dad, not the other way around.
What might Martin do for an encore? Looks like he's pondering that.
"Time flies, so I better start thinking about my 90th birthday," Martin said.
In the interim, think about the 243rd birthday of the greatest experiment in human history.
Nick in the Morning didn't hear this song on the way to work, but we like to hear it on this day. This version in particular.
(Yes, we know some poor, misguided souls have succeeded in getting rid of this singer's statue in Philadelphia. But they'll never get rid of her signature song.)