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CARY, N.C. -- Kangaroo Express and the USO of North Carolina are teaming up to honor military personnel throughout Raleigh, Charlotte and Fayetteville, N.C.
In honor of Armed Forces Day this Saturday, May 21, select Kangaroo Express stores will host events featuring military vehicles. In each of the three cities, a member of the military will be recognized for service and receive a race-day package to attend NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. In addition to two tickets to the race, the honorees will also have the chance to tape an introduction for their favorite NASCAR driver, which will air over the world's largest high-definition video board before the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to a company press release posted on dBusiness.com.
"Kangaroo Express is asking its guests to not only come out to celebrate the bravery of our men and women in uniform on Armed Forces Day, but to join us as we continue to salute our troops through the summer and beyond," said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing for The Pantry. "Our new Web site, KESalute.com, is in itself a salute to past celebrations of our military and a preview into the future as we continue to support the troops through programs such as the USO and the American Widows Project."
KESalute.com invites and chronicles military support from Kangaroo Express customers across 13 states. Customers are invited to submit personal salute videos and photos to the military heroes in their lives and communities on www.facebook.com/kangarooexpress for possible inclusion on KESalute.com. The site also provides customers with opportunities to support military organizations through partnerships with Kangaroo Express.
"Armed Forces Day was established as a day for citizens to come together to thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country," said John Falkenbury, president and chief operating officer, USO of North Carolina. "We are excited to team up with Kangaroo Express on this special day to bring the community together in recognition of the men and women in uniform that, stationed in our own backyard, have gone above and beyond in their service to this great country."
The Southeastern c-store chain has a history of supporting area U.S. troops and their families. It is about to wrap up its fundraising efforts to send military widows on a weekend getaway , as CSNews Online previously reported. This is the third consecutive year that chain, owned and operated by The Pantry, is raising money in support of the American Widow Project (AWP) Get-Away outside Fayetteville, N.C. The Third Annual AWP/Kangaroo Express Golf Tournament at Anderson Creek Golf Club will be on May 19, followed by skydiving at Raeford Jump Zone in Raeford, N.C. The weekend escape will also include other activities.