INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway honored men and women in the military for Old National Armed Forces Police Day on Sunday.
Active duty members got into Pole Day for free when they showed their military identification card.
“This is one of the most important days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every May,” said President Doug Boles.
Military leaders also held a special enlistment ceremony for 70 men and women to take the official oath of enlistment. The ceremony included many veterans in the crowd.
“You represent the very best of our nation,” said Adjutant General of Indiana Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger. “Those of us that have had the honor serving, we welcome you into our ranks, we hope that your military service will be as meaningful and fulfilling as it has been to us.”
Whenever a new provisional pole-sitter was set during Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend, Old National Bank donated $100 to Wish For Our Heroes to support US troops and help send them to IMS events.
Race fans also got to enjoy a display of military vehicles at the midway.
The Indianapolis 500 has paid tribute to the troops since its inception in 1911.