U.S. Army to celebrate 228th anniversary during special pre-race show at MIS. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The U.S Army will celebrate its 228th anniversary in style with a special pre-race show prior to the Father's Day Sirius 400 (race 15 of 34) on June...
U.S. Army to celebrate 228th anniversary during special pre-race show at MIS.
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The U.S Army will celebrate its 228th anniversary in style with a special pre-race show prior to the Father's Day Sirius 400 (race 15 of 34) on June 15 at Michigan International Speedway.
Some of the most elite divisions of the Army will be participating in an exciting pre-race show, which includes the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, Military District of Washington, 3/17th Cavalry (10th Mountain Division) and the U.S Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
"We look forward to celebrating the U.S. Army's 228th birthday with the fans at Michigan International Speedway," said Major Frederick Rice of the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "We especially look forward to paying tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by Army soldiers throughout the past year."
The patriotic pre-race show will begin with the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus as they perform several patriotic songs.
The show will continue with The Flag Story, a fast-paced travel through the growth of nation and the history and role of the United States Army. The program features soldiers in period uniforms from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and ongoing missions. The Flag Story features more than 100 soldiers from the 3rd U.S Infantry (The Old Guard) from Fort Myer, Virginia, dressed in period uniforms and in ceremonial dress blues carrying the state and territorial flags.
Immediately following The Flag Story, the 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry will perform a special demonstration flyover, which will include four Kiowa Warrior helicopters.
After driver introductions, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will entertain the crowd with a show that will begin high above MIS and land on the U.S Army logo on the speedway's tri-oval grass. The U.S Army's Golden Knights have been entertaining crowds for 43 years with their precision aerial maneuvers while falling to earth at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour, then landing dead center on their target.
Prior to the invocation and National Anthem, the 82nd Airborne chorus will be back to give their outstanding rendition of Lee Greenwood's hit song, "God Bless the USA", as the 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky presents the colors.
"We have so much to celebrate during the upcoming Sirius 400 weekend," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "Not only are we celebrating the beginning of our 35th anniversary season on Father's Day weekend, but we're honored that the U.S Army has chosen MIS and NASCAR as a major way to celebrate their 228th anniversary. As Americans, we're always proud of our Armed Forces, but over the past year we can be especially proud of our brave soldiers. This will be a great way for MIS race fans to let them know how proud they are."
Don't miss your chance to see this special pre-race show live--along with all of your favorite NASCAR Winston Cup stars--as tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. Tickets are available to all events at MIS in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to www.MISpeedway.com.