May 13, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

As is their custom each Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway is planning a huge salute to the military in conjunction with May 28th running of the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series calendar.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth was on hand at the track Thursday morning for the announcement.

Pre-race ceremonies for the Coca-Cola 600 will include 600 Fort Bragg soldiers, Humvees, Howitzers, a HIMARS rocket launcher, an M777 Howitzer and a RAZOR combat vehicle. More than 1,000 additional servicemen and women will be at the speedway to enjoy the race day atmosphere. 

The track will also have three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in the air prior to the National Anthem performance by the 82nd Airborne Chorus Group, with a flyover consisting of four F-15 fighter jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Team FasTrax Skydiving Team will perform prior to the green flag.

In addition, there will be a  21-gun salute from the Fort Bragg Firing Squad, and Five Medal of Honor recipients will be recognized:  Col. Joe Marm; Bob Patterson; Hal Fritz; Ed Byers and Shuford Edmisten. 

Film star Channing Tatum will serve as Grand Marshal for the Coca-Cola 600.