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Patrick service members unfurl flag at Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400

Service members display a 1,000 pound, football field-size American flag during the National Anthem as two F-22 Raptor aircraft conduct a fly over July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The F-22's were part of the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Service members display a 1,000 pound, football field-size American flag during the National Anthem as two F-22 Raptor aircraft conduct a fly over July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The F-22's were part of the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Service members gather a flag they unfurled July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The unfurling was part of the pre-race ceremonies for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 and NASCAR Salutes – NASCAR's recognition and honor of military members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Service members gather a flag they unfurled July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The unfurling was part of the pre-race ceremonies for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 and NASCAR Salutes – NASCAR's recognition and honor of military members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Approximately 150 service members gather to carry an American flag to the infield of Daytona International Speeway's racetrack for an unfurl during the National Anthem July 7, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The unfurl was part of the pre-race ceremonies for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Approximately 150 service members gather to carry an American flag to the infield of Daytona International Speeway's racetrack for an unfurl during the National Anthem July 7, in Daytona Beach, Fla. The unfurl was part of the pre-race ceremonies for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

A soldier bows his head in prayer before the flag unfurling July 7 at the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. After the prayer concluded, the National Anthem was played and the American flag was unfurled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

A soldier bows his head in prayer before the flag unfurling July 7 at the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. After the prayer concluded, the National Anthem was played and the American flag was unfurled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

(From left) Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Dan Jenkins,  Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell and Master Sgt. Leroy Petry, all U.S. Army veterans, are honored during a pre-race ceremony July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jenkins and Littrell are Vietnam veterans and Petry is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

(From left) Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Dan Jenkins, Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell and Master Sgt. Leroy Petry, all U.S. Army veterans, are honored during a pre-race ceremony July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jenkins and Littrell are Vietnam veterans and Petry is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

An airman from Patrick Air Force Base holds his military bearing during the National Anthem July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Airmen from Patrick AFB and Moody AFB were in attendance for the unfurling of the American flag – as well as representatives from all other military branches. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

An airman from Patrick Air Force Base holds his military bearing during the National Anthem July 7, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Airmen from Patrick AFB and Moody AFB were in attendance for the unfurling of the American flag – as well as representatives from all other military branches. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --

More than 100 service members gathered at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla., July 7, 2018, to help unfurl the flag before the night’s race, the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Airmen from both Patrick and Moody Air Force Bases, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen took to the infield to unfurl a football field-sized American flag during the National Anthem on Saturday – as a part of NASCAR Salutes, NASCAR’s annual nod to America’s military.

The National Anthem rang out through speakers in the speedway, but the final notes were almost drowned out by the thunderous applause and cheering from NASCAR fans to the military flag-holders waving the banner, as two F-22 Raptor aircraft from the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flew over to conclude the anthem.

Once the final notes sounded and the applause died down – both the crowd and service members alike were directed to look toward the stage where three Medal of Honor recipients were standing to be honored as part of the pre-race ceremonies.

The soldiers that were honored for their bravery, selflessness and acts of valor were U.S. Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Army Staff Sgt. Dan Jenkins and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell, both Vietnam veterans.

Stories of how each hero received their medal were told and the crowd applauded each. Approximately 150 service members on the field stood stationary displaying our Nation’s colors and honored the sacrifices of the three MOH recipients – as well as the sacrifices of countless others in the military.

Service members and race-goers also had the opportunity to enjoy performances by Max Impact, the United States Air Force’s premier rock band, and country music artist Josh Turner before the race began.

Once the pre-race ceremonies concluded, the service members left the field carrying the flag, which weighed over 1,000 pounds, and were directed to their seats to enjoy the race with other NASCAR fans and their loved ones.