Honoring Veterans: Tribute Wall Coming to MIS


A special American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall will make an appearance at Michigan International Speedway on Sept. 10-14, which will include a special 9-11 tribute ceremony on Thursday, September 11.

The display opens at noon Wednesday and is free to the public. The wall is available for viewing each day until Sunday.

“We’re excited and proud to have the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall on display here at MIS,” MIS Director of Government and Community Relations Alisha Cottrell said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit and pay respect to those who served and lost their lives fighting for the United States of America.”

The wall, a 24-hour display that helps communities come together to honor, respect and remember veterans who lost their lives in wars dating back to Vietnam. The tribute lists the names of all military personnel that died between Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom. The tribute is being brought to MIS with the support of the Onsted American Legion Post 550.

“On behalf of the Onsted American Legion Post 550, I would like to welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall to MIS and our community,” Onsted American Legion Post 550 Commander Mike McNally said. “MIS has been outstanding to work with on this project. It means a lot to us to have this wall on display.”

The wall stands eight feet tall at its apex and spans 370 feet in length, which is approximately 80 percent the size of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. It was constructed in 1997 and started touring the country in 1998. The wall will make nearly 40 appearances throughout the country in 2008 and it will be the second and final stop for the memorial in the state of Michigan.

On September 11, a 9-11 remembrance will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Opening remarks will be made at 9:05 a.m. by Lt. Col. Robert DeCoster of the 110th Fighter Wing from Battle Creek. Bells will ring at the time of each 9-11 attack (8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:43 a.m. and 10:10 a.m.), followed by the National Anthem at 10:15 a.m. and a flyover by the 127th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard from Selfridge Air Force Base at 10:16 a.m. A speech by David Beamer will occur at 10:30 a.m. Beamer is the father of Flight 93 victim Todd Beamer. Prayers and taps will conclude the remembrance at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The Tribute Wall will be on display during the Spirit of America Blood Drive, also scheduled for Sept. 11. The blood drive, one of the nation’s largest on 9-11, also honors the victims and heroes of 9-11. For more information about the wall visit www.avtt.org.

Deposits for the 2009 season are being accepted until Friday, Jan. 2 by calling the MIS ticket office. Deposits can be redeemed on Jan. 19 and 20. Placing a deposit allows customers to purchase tickets and camping after the renewal process but before they go on sale to the public.

Tickets and camping will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the season-opening Daytona 500. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010.

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