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Monday, May 14, 2007

The World’s Fastest Camouflage in Honor of our Nation’s Noblest

Memorial Day will soon be upon us. To many, it’s about BBQ’s, beach, soccer tournaments, baseball, burgers and hot dogs. With the United States still involved in its most difficult military struggle since the Vietnam War, Memorial Day should certainly be a more important and somber holiday. It is possible that on the Memorial Day holiday itself some of our brave men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan may make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

With that in mind, it is interesting and comforting to see that Dale Earnhardt Jr.will be driving a Desert Camouflage car to honor our nation’s troops at the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend. Along with Dale Jr., many other top drivers will be sporting special paint schemes in tribute and to raise funds for military families and the U.S.O. through the American Heroes program.

It’s a great and appropriate tribute to folks that absolutely deserve it and it takes one of those traditionally light and fun Memorial Day events and helps add some appropriate perspective to it. Personally, I’ll have the opportunity to take my daughter’s soccer team to march in the Smithtown Memorial Day parade where we’ll march and sing patriotic songs in honor of those who have given their all in conflicts past and present.

Speaking of Dale, Jr., I note that he chose Mother’s Day week to tell the world he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Incorporated headed by his stepmom, Teresa Earnhardt, at the end of the season. Having a stepmother of my own who’s just this side of Cinderella’s stepmom, I can understand why he would make such a break. It will also make him a very wealthy man, an even bigger free agent then Roger Clemens.

By the way, if you like the combination of NASCAR and the military, Rothco’s got the perfect tee for you. It features Mark Martin’s Army 01 Racing Car on a heavyweight 100% cotton tee in a multi-color 2-sided print . Mark Martin’s Army 01 Racing Car on a heavyweight 100% cotton tee It’s a great way to show your love for NASCAR and your support for the largest branch of our military.

Have a happy, safe and meaningful Memorial Day.

John Ottaviano