This came about through the outreach and work by members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warriors Chapter 634 in Charlotte.
We genuinely appreciate the Charlotte Motor Speedway for bestowing the honor of making the Charlotte Motor Speedway a Purple Heart speedway, recognizing all Purple Heart veterans. Mike Stubbs, Vietnam Veteran and Commander of MOPH Chapter 634
"Purple Heart veterans have a common bond. They have given of their own blood for their country," says Stubbs.
The Purple Heart is a combat decoration. It is awarded in the name of the President to members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded by an instrument of war, in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those killed in action or die of wounds received in action.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use. George Washington established the combat decoration during the Revolutionary War.
NASCAR does a great job in honoring and remembering the military. Driver Ryan Newman in Charlotte
For decades, the Charlotte Motor Speedway has honored and celebrated military service members and veterans. Fort Bragg has been a vital partner during many pre-race speedway festivities.
Speedway President Marcus Smith says NASCAR fans are one of the most patriotic groups in the nation, with many of them having served in the military. Charlotte is becoming a hub for service members transitioning into the civilian workforce. Currently, over 50,000 veterans reside in and around the metro area.
Go here to read more about the Charlotte MOPH chapter.
Read about the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.