Virginia Museum of Transportation honors grandparents and first responders

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It was a special day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation as the museum honored grandparents and first responders with free admission.

Fire trucks, police cars and EMS vehicles were on-site for visitors to see. Families also got a chance to enjoy ice cream and diesel train rides.

Organizers say the event helps brings families together to learn about the Roanoke Valley’s rail history.

“Watching grandparents and grandkids come through has been a real enjoyment today,” said Brian Jacks, associate state director for AARP Virginia. “We’ve had lots of people turn out to get on the fire trucks, to hear the experiences of those who have actually participated in the industry.”

“We’ve enjoyed Grandparents Day in the past,” said Joanne Borzotra, who visited the museum with her grandson. “I guess this is about the third or fourth time that we’ve been here, except each time it gets better and more enriched.”  

AARP was also on hand to educate others about care-giving for senior citizens and scams facing seniors.

Museum officials say they hold this event every September.

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