During the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola June 30-July 2, Daytona International Speedway will continue the renewed tradition of honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
Being recognized this year are Captain Florent Groberg, U.S. Army (Afghanistan); Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, U.S. Army (Afghanistan) and Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell, U.S. Army (Vietnam). Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend these three recipients will also be honored at a luncheon, attend the drivers’ meetings, participate in pre-race ceremonies for both Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In addition, they will participate in an autograph session in Sprint FANZONE prior to Saturday night’s race.
This will be the eighth straight year that DIS has recognized Congressional Medal of Honor recipients during the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, a practice that was originally started by Bill France Sr. in the 1970s.
“We are privileged to have these three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients with us this Independence Day holiday weekend,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “It is an honor to share their stories of courage and selflessness and have the opportunity to thank them for their service to our country.”
The Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration given by the United States Government, is bestowed upon a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. More information on the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor may be found at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-archive.php.
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