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Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Show to Celebrate U.S. Military
Continuing a Memorial Day weekend tradition that started 30 years ago, Lowe's Motor Speedway's pre-race spectacular for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, May 27, will celebrate the men and women of the U.S. Military and pay tribute to those who have served their country.
The program begins with performances by the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus and the U.S. Army Drill Team, followed by the arrival of the U.S.
Army Golden Knights parachute team. The U.S. Army will then "secure" the frontstretch during a demonstration that will include troops in full combat gear, military ground vehicles, helicopters and the firing of an M109 Howitzer gun.
Once the frontstretch is "secured," 1,500 uniformed troops from Fort Bragg will march into the track and assemble at the start/finish line.
Following driver introductions, the Fort Bragg Honor Guard will present the colors prior to the playing of Amazing Grace and the firing of a 21-gun salute. Taps will then be played and country music star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem.
The flyover will feature four F-22 fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be among the military personnel and their families on hand for the race. Pace became the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sept. 30, 2005. He serves as the principal military advisory to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
Pace is the first Marine to serve in this capacity. The Coca-Cola 600 military pre-race spectacular starts at 3:15 p.m. and continues until the green flag is waved to start the 600-mile classic at 5:40 p.m. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27, are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.