Yesterday was media day at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and Wish For Our Heroes Inc. was proud to be represented by U.S. Army Specialist Charles Lemo...n, a double amputee combat veteran and resident of St. Petersburg, FL. Lemon was chosen as the first recipient of complimentary tickets through a new program established by W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix, that will send thousands of troops to the 2013 Honda Grand Prix March 22-24. The tickets were presented to SPC Lemon by Honda Grand Prix personnel and a group of 10 IndyCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge Championships drivers that will be racing at the event in March.
SPC Lemon said a few words regarding his service and gratitude to W4OH and the Honda Grand Prix team, and immediately after his speech, two F-18 fighter jets from Macdill Air Force Base, Florida flew over in a slow fly-by, as if to salute his courage and contribution to the country. Honda Grand Prix representatives said, â€œThe timing was chilling and it confirmed why we implemented this program. We all had goose bumps.â€
IZOD IndyCar Series driver, Alex Tagliani, was so impressed, he offered to wear a helmet with the W4OH logo during the Honda Grand Prix.Â Afterward, he will donate it to us to auction off to raise additional funds for the troops (see Twitter feed @Wish4RHeroes).
Anyone can contribute to this worthy cause by making a general donation (of any amount), purchasing an entire ticket for a hero, or donating an existing ticket at: https://www.wishforourheroes.org/programs/details/send-a-hero-to-the-honda-grand-prix-of-st.-petersburg