As part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "600 Miles of Remembrance" program, all 43 drivers will honor military service members and their families, and commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute™, the industry's collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have served and continue to defend our nation today. This weekend, NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc., will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who have died in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to the flags, CPL George A. Lutz II of Virginia Beach, Va., will be honored by displaying his name across the windshield banner of the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet. CPL Lutz II, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005, is the son of Honor and Remember founder George Lutz.
“There are not enough words of appreciation to express the emotion I feel to have Tony honored in this Memorial Day event,” said Lutz. “He represents one of thousands who have sacrificed all for our freedom.”
Lutz has traveled more than 30,000 miles to all 50 states in order to urge the display of the flag by governments, businesses and individuals. He has delivered personalized versions of the flag to thousands of families who have lost a loved one in military service, regardless of generation.
Honor and Remember was founded on Memorial Day 2008 to promote the adoption of a nationally-recognized flag to serve as a constant reminder of the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and to say thank you to the grieving families they left behind.
“I had the privilege of meeting George Lutz in Richmond when we debuted this car last month, and George’s passion and enthusiasm for the Honor and Remember organization is nothing short of inspiring,” stated Kennedy, the Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contender who will make his sixth Sprint Cup Series start of the season in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “I couldn’t think of a more moving tribute than to have his son, a fallen hero, riding along on our car during the Memorial Day Weekend as we proudly display the Honor and Remember paint scheme in front of the millions of patriotic NASCAR fans.”
To date, more than 21 states have either adopted the flag or endorsed its use. Supporters of the flag can visit www.HonorandRemember.org to sign a petition in support of legislation which would make the flag a federally recognized, perpetual tribute to the lives lost in service to our country.
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