Combat Veteran Group 4TROOPS Will Sing National Anthem At Food City 500 March 21
The four military members all have served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. During their respective tours of duty they, came together to sing at large military events, as well as more somber occasions such as memorial services, where they sang to remember those troops who lost their lives fighting for our country.
The mission of the group, comprised of Cpt. Meredith Melcher, Sgt. Daniel Jens, Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Ron Henry and Sgt. David Clemo, is to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs.
Melcher, 29, is the daughter of a retired three-star General. She served as platoon leader on the front lines of Iraq where she led her troops in the successful ambulance evacuations of hundreds of wounded Americans and Iraqis. Jens, 36, served in Iraq and was most recently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He joined the army after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Jens also was a finalist on "America's Got Talent."
Henry, 41, served in the Army for 20 years. He was a transport manager in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, and also the leader of the Army singing group "Transportation Express." Clemo, 30, served on the front lines of Afghanistan, providing communications and logistics support for the 18th Airborne Corps. He and Melcher toured together in 2004 with the Army Soldier Show.
4TROOPS recently signed with Sony Masterworks and in April the group's self-titled CD will be available with a portion of the proceeds from sales benefiting veteran-related charities.
The CD consists of well-known positive pop and country songs, along with some new songs. The first song, For Freedom, is an inspirational patriotic tune written by Matt Moran for his grandfather, a WWII veteran. Also included on the CD is the group's version of Toby Keith's hit Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.
In March, 4TROOPS will embark on a U.S. Military base tour, followed by a national tour in the fall.
The Food City 500 takes the green flag Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Preceding NASCAR's most popular Sprint Cup race is Ford Fan Friday qualifying March 19 and the March 20 doubleheader, consisting of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, a 35-lap event featuring retired NASCAR stars such as David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant and Dave Marcis.
A three-day March race weekend ticket package is available for only $99. For fans who can only attend the Food City 500, single day tickets also are available for $93. Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader start at $45 and fans can see Ford Fan Friday qualifying for just $5, then attend Food City Race Night at BMS for free.
A season ticket package featuring nine events during the March and August NASCAR weekends starts at only $199. The package includes the two most popular Sprint Cup races in the sport, along with a pair of Nationwide events, a Camping Truck Series race, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, a Whelen Modified event, qualifying and Food City Race Night.
To buy tickets, call toll-free 1.415.4158 or PURCHASE ONLINE.