Honor A Hero, Bring A Vet To Lime Rock During Memorial Day Weekend Races
Free General Admission To All U.S. Veterans, Active Or Retired Military & Their Immediate Families On May 25, 26 & 28, 2018
As a way to honor veterans and active or retired members of the military during Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 26 & 28, 2018) racing events, Lime Rock Park is—once again—providing these heroes with free general admission to all racing events held as part of the Pirelli World Challenge. In addition, up to four immediate family members of all U.S. military personnel will receive free general admission and all youths 16 and under receive free general admission.
Providing free general admission to the heroes in the armed forces and veterans as well as their immediate family members during Memorial Day Weekend is a special way for us to honor their service as well as pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for our country. This cost savings also gives servicemen and women a unique opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled holiday weekend with their family.
The Pirelli World Challenge includes practice and qualifying on Friday (May 26) followed by sprint-styled racing on Saturday (May 27) and Monday (May 28). Sunday will bring a respite in racing as nearly 300 cars of all types will take to the track for the ninth annual Sunday Royals Car Show. Admission to the car show is $5 and a portion of the proceeds are given to charity.
Lime Rock Park will also honor all military personnel during opening ceremonies held on Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.
Free general admission is also extended to all veterans and active or retired military personnel with ID during the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix (June 20-21, 2018) and the Historic Festival 36 (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018). Free admission is also extended to all youths 16 and under at all major spectator events.
Wounded Warrior Project Photography School To Support Healing Efforts Of Our Heroes
In addition, on Saturday, several alumni members of the Wounded Warrior Project will be on site for a "live-action photography school" where they’ll receive lessons from professional photographers. This Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) alumni event was conceptualized and Organized by professional sports photographer Dan Burns, the photo school is made possible through volunteer photographers, many of which who have been shooting professional sporting events for years. Burns said the program is part of WWP's overall effort to integrate U.S. veterans back into civilian life.
Nancy Schiliro-Beetstra, an outreach specialist with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), added, “It’s not uncommon for veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to have issues with motivation and socialization. Event photography is a mechanism we’re using to help vets with these issues. And, as this is our second year holding this program, we know that having our warriors participate in this exciting racing event provides a positive outlet for them to gain new skills they can use in everyday life.”
Sergeant First Class (Retired) Mel Morales has participated in several photography mentoring programs, including last year’s program at Lime Rock Park. He says the race car photography program has been an “experience of a lifetime” for him. “I am a visually Impaired Photographer due to an Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury. It’s incredible to be part of such a program that provides opportunities for veterans like me to better fit into society after years of service anywhere around the world. Learning about photography at Lime Rock Park gives us up-close access to racing cars as well as family oriented activities that allows us to make memories that we can freeze in time. And, it gives us experiences and a sense of camaraderie that creates friendships for a lifetime.”
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP connects wounded warriors and their families to valuable resources and one another, serves them through a variety of free programs and services, and empowers them to live life on their own terms. WWP is a national, non-partisan accredited charity. www.woundedwarriorproject.org