NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick paid a special tribute to both local and regional first responders on the anniversary of 9/11. Stopping at the Texas Motor Speedway, Harvick, whose father Mike is a retired 25 year veteran fire fighter, paid a special honor to the 44 local first responders besides a large number of first responders who lost their lives while reaching out to members of their community who were involved in the tragic incident on that fateful day.
Harvick was joined by 25 members of Hooligans Pipes & Drums and presented the American flag to Victory Lane as the procession proceeded down the road as the group played Scotland The Brave.
The flag was presented to representatives of Moore, Okla. (EF4 tornado), West, Texas (fertilizer plant explosion) and Granbury, Texas (EF4 tornado). The flag was then raised on the spot and then lowered to half mast by Cpt. CJ Gillaspie of West Volunteer Fire Department, Sgt. Andrew Honecker of Hood County Sheriff’s Office in Granbury and Lt. David Seay of Moore Police Department in a mark of respect and remembrance.
Prayers by Dr. Roger Marsh of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries followed while the Hooligans played America The Beautiful while The Marine Corps Hymn brought the emotional ceremony to a conclusion while the flag was lowered to the tune of Amazing Grace. Tributes were not only paid to first responders, as they, along with Texas Motor Speedway presented Harvick with a fire fighters helmet specially made for the purpose and signed by all first responders.