Continuing a longstanding Daytona International Speedway tradition, Three Medal of Honor recipients, all representing the U.S. Army, will be honored during the 60th annual Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend on July 5-7 at Daytona International Speedway.
This is the 10th consecutive year that Daytona International Speedway has saluted Medal of Honor recipients, a tradition instituted in the 1970s by Bill France Sr., the founder of Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR.
Being recognized this year are Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell, (Vietnam), Master Sergeant Leroy Petry, (War in Afghanistan) and Staff Sergeant Don Jenkins, (Vietnam).
Throughout the course of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, these three recipients will participate in the following:
- Medal of Honor luncheon on Friday, July 6 at the Bill France Room located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers’ meetings
- Pre-race ceremonies for both the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 6 and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on July 7
- Autograph session in the UNOH Fanzone prior on the night of July 7, prior to the race
“Recognizing Medal of Honor recipients is one of the most important traditions we have at Daytona International Speedway,” said speedway President Chip Wile. “This recognition is rooted in our facility’s history, while also being embedded in the values all Americans hold dear. It is a true privilege to have these America heroes join us for our race weekend.”
The 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 Medal of Honor may be found at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-archive.php.