Spirit of America
September 11, 2013
The Spirit of America lives at Michigan International Speedway, serving as a special day of activities to honor and remember the victims and heroes of 9-11.
Michigan International Speedway is partnering with Michigan Blood for the Sprit of America blood drive on Sept. 11.
The annual blood drive at the racetrack began as a tribute in 2002 in honor of the victims and heroes of 9-11. Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America blood drive has collected more than 8,876 pints of blood, positively affecting more than 26,688 lives.
The speedway has a number of activities planned to remember victims and first responders from the tragic events of 9-11. Events will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11 and will conclude at 3 p.m.
“The Spirit of America is one of the most incredible events we will host all year,” said Roger Curtis, track president. “It has evolved out of a simple need to want to do something for 9-11 into a meaningful, heartfelt and truly good thing to do with our community. We are thrilled Michigan Blood has come on board to help us with this worthwhile and wonderful event.”A number of activities and events are planned to remember the events of 9-11. The “Home of the Brave” exhibit, located in the Michigan Room of the Pit Road Suites, will offer remembrance, education and inspiration of 9-11.
This year, all donors will receive a Spirit of America gift bag, lunch in the Champions Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union and a track tour. The track tour features Unity Field and Home of the Brave, a 9-11 multi-media exhibit.
During the tour, donors will get an up-close view of more than 3,000 American flags proudly displayed at Unity Field to honor the victims of 9-11. The flags, each representing victims of the 9-11 attacks, are placed in the speedway’s Lot 10 by veterans.
Anyone may come to Unity Field. Only blood donors with scheduled appointments will receive a gift bag and lunch. All blood donations are made through appointment.