Spirit of America will feature tribute to firefighters, food drive


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.

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 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 and will conclude at 8 p.m.  

“What happened on September 11 was a tragic day in our nation’s history and this is our way to remember all those affected on that day,” track President Roger Curtis said. “We want to remember the spirit of the event and what that day means to people. We are able to help two great organizations in the CCIS Food Pantry and the Michigan State Firemen’s Association Memorial.”

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.

Guests are invited to bring nonperishable food items to the track to benefit the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich. Every person who makes a donation will receive a free tram ride around the two-mile oval.

In addition, a replica of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association Memorial will be on display. The permanent 20-foot tall memorial located in Roscommon, Mich., is a statue of a firefighter carrying a child to safety and the base is inscribed with names of all the firefighters lost in the line of duty. It will be located outside of the Michigan Room for all guests to visit for a free will donation. Every person who makes a donation will receive a custard sundae, courtesy of Culver’s.

A special fire truck show featuring antique apparatus and equipment will be on display outside the pit road suits. 

“To take something as tragic as the events of this day and to do such good is such a blessing to all of us,” said Blaine Howell from the Michigan State Firemen’s Association.  “It shows that we are a strong caring community that I'm honored to be a part of. We are in admiration of MIS and how you reach out to help those in need.”

Lastly, Unity Field, a collection of 3,000 U.S. flags placed in the speedway’s Lot 10 by veterans from local American Legion chapters will be up. Each flag represents a person who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Members of the community are invited to come out on Friday, September 7 to join the staff in the placing of the flags at 10 a.m.

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