IRL: Indy 500: West Point cadets to sing National Anthem

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 5, 2002 -- United States Military Academy cadets will sing the National Anthem and present the American flag during pre-race ceremonies before the start of the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The cadets...

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 5, 2002 -- United States Military Academy cadets will sing the National Anthem and present the American flag during pre-race ceremonies before the start of the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

The cadets will perform before a crowd of approximately 400,000 at the legendary 2.5-mile oval in addition to a live worldwide television and radio audience. One member of the eight-person color guard, Cadet Peter Kuzma, is a native of Indianapolis.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is celebrating its bicentennial in 2002. On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed into law a bill of Congress authorizing the establishment of the Academy.

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is proud to be part of the celebration surrounding the United States Military Academy's bicentennial, and it is only appropriate that they take part in the Indianapolis 500 -- on Memorial Day weekend -- in the company of thousands of fellow Americans," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We thank the Academy and cadets for sharing their voices and their presence with us on Race Day."

The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at noon (EDT) and will be televised live on ABC Sports beginning with pre-race coverage at 11 a.m. (EDT). The race is the world's largest-attended single-day sporting event.

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