"Turkey Rod Run"

Car Show

The “Turkey Rod Run” Car show, which is traditionally held during the Thanksgiving Weekend was held at the Daytona International Speedway on November 22nd through November 25th. The management of the car show had contacted our group and indicated they would like to honor all Korean War Veterans during this event.  The Turkey Rod Run Car Show normally draws tens of thousands of car fans to the Speedway, over a four day period, to examine the hundreds of show cars and antiques on display. In addition vendors from all over America attend the show providing and exchanging vehicles and parts that are extremely rare.

This year, under the direction of Jim Brady, the Operations Manager at the Daytona Speedway for the Daytona Turkey Run Classic Car Show, he chose to honor the Korean War Veterans on Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th.  On these days Korean War Veterans were admitted to the show free and provided with free parking at the Speedway facilities. They provided us space to represent the Korean War Veterans Association.  We chose to share our tent space with the Wounded Warrior Project and the author of the recently released book "The Forgotten War." We were also honored that the National Korean War Veterans Association sent a representative, John "Sonny" Edwards, their National Recruiting Chairman to support our Chapters recruiting efforts at the event.

At 12 Noon on Saturday November 24th a special program was conducted to honor all Veterans on the apron in front of the Speedway's pit area.  This program including the color guard from the VFW Post 3282, the Edgewater American Legion and the Marine Corp League. As part of this program the remains of a Marine who had served in Vietnam were honored.  This Marine having returned from Active Service died in Miami, FL without having any known next of kin. He was buried in a paupers grave. In a recent search, conducted at the request of his family, his remains were discovered and exhumed. As part of this ceremony, the remains were returned to Daytona Beach from Miami by the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Organization.  At the ceremony the remains were presented to his family. At the conclusion of the ceremony at the Speedway, the remains were transported to a local ceremony, and the Marine Corp League conducted full military honors in a private ceremony at the grave side for the family members.

For photographs of the activities at the veterans ceremonies during
Daytona Turkey Run Classic Car Show click on the block below: