Posted By: Holly Blake, Follow@HollyLBlake
On this Memorial Day, we wanted to take a moment to honor, thank, and pray for the fallen and their families. If it weren’t for them, we would not be able to live as we do and enjoy all that we do.
NASCAR does an excellent job to embrace the military, include them in just about every pre-race ceremony, and honor them as best they can.
Many teams interact with the armed forces and honor them on their cars, invite them to their pre-race functions, visit them in military hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and invite them to see behind the scenes during the race or in the race shops.
I cannot fathom the true grit it takes to be a soldier and serve but I certainly admire it and I am so very thankful to each and every one of the brave that are making sure we are able to continue to live in freedom.
Each summer at a minor league ball park in Michigan, I attend the game that is deemed Army night. It is the commitment ceremony for the young men and women who have made the decision to join the Army.
Each year I watch them give their pledge and I shed a tear of pride. It sounds cliche but they are the young and the brave. To them I say THANK YOU.
I have a good friend, who just happens to be an avid Kevin Harvick fan, serving in Afghanistan now. I hope she got to see the race last night as I’m sure it had special meaning for her. One of my best friends will be deployed in October. I have now, and have had many family members serve in the armed forces. I am so proud of them all.
So on this Memorial Day, Motor Racing Digest would like you to take a moment to reflect and really acknowledge what today is all about. We say thank you to all that have served and sacrificed, thank you to the families, and to those who are serving now and who will step up and make that commitment in the future.