Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Thank you for NASCAR where we can still pray in Jesus' name"

"I thank you, Lord, for an organization like NASCAR that still allows us to pray in Jesus' name, Amen."
-- Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family
Invocation, NASCAR Memorial Day weekend Coca Cola 600 race
Charlotte, NC

The invocation by Dr. James Dobson for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte was preceded by the All-Army Honor Guard presenting the colors and followed by the Charlotte, NC, Fire Department playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

A 21-gun salute by the Fort Bragg Firing Squad was followed by an Army bugler playing the haunting strains of Taps as soldiers saluted and patrons bowed their heads.

The NASCAR announcer then asked the crowd, "In honor of Memorial Day and all our fighting men and women around the world, please put your hands over your hearts as Army Cpl. John Highland sings the "National Anthem." With a bit of an Irish brogue, Cpl. Highland sang while a huge American flag was held aloft on the infield and fighter jets from the 333 Fighter Squadron out of Seamore Johnson Air Froce Base, NC, screamed overhead. My Air Force veteran husband got all excited at seeing them.

Military families Dickens, Foley, and Barnes started the race by proclaiming, "Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!"

Race on! Boogity, boogity, boogity!

Thank you, NASCAR, for honoring our fallen heroes and our fighting men and women worldwide.

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