Troops Get Tribute at Texas Motor Speedway
5 soldiers cannot attend due to injury in shooting.
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 08: U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Hood hold the flag during pre race ceremonies prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Fort Hood soldiers played a prominent role in NASCAR's prerace ceremonies just 170 miles from the site of shootings that left 13 dead at the Army post.
There were 40 Fort Hood soldiers displaying the American flag during the national anthem Sunday. The number was supposed to be 45, but track officials said five soldiers scheduled to attend were among the 29 injured in Thursday's attack.
A moment of silence was observed for the fourth time during the weekend. The other observances came during the Nationwide and truck series races, and Sprint Cup qualifying.
A U.S. Army logo with the words "God Bless Our Fort Hood Troops" was painted on the infield grass Friday.
Published at 5:16 PM CST on Nov 8, 2009
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