Friday, 9 September, 2011 10:48 PM
of America blood drive is on: Nation's largest 9/11 blood drive
set for Sunday
credit: Michigan International Speedway
Director of Guest Services and Spirit of America Blood Drive
founder Tim Booth places flags in Unity Field on Friday.
Unity Field is a 3,000-flag tribute honoring the victims
and heroes of 9-11 in the speedway’s Lot 10. The flags
were placed by MIS staff members and volunteers who represented
six different local service groups including the Brooklyn-Irish
Hills and Jackson Kiwanis Clubs, the Brooklyn American Legion
and Adrian Arbor No. 3 of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society
— Michigan International Speedway remains committed
to honoring the victims and heroes of 9-11 and will host its annual
blood drive with workers from the Great Lakes Region of the American
Those who signed up for appointments should attend the blood drive
during their scheduled appointment time.
“We are very pleased there will be an end to the strike and
that our blood drive will continue,” Spirit of America organizer
and MIS Director of Guest Services Tim Booth said. “The Spirit
of America blood drive has evolved into more than a blood drive,
but the opportunity to give blood in remembrance of one of America’s
darkest days is at the heart of our event.”
There are many activities planned, all which honor the 10th anniversary
of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Spirit of America has evolved
into more than just a blood drive. It’s an event and a time
This year, all presenting donors will receive a Spirit of America
gift bag, Culver’s lunch in the Champions Club presented by
CP Federal Credit Union, and a track tour, which features Unity
Field and Home of the Brave, a 9-11 multi-media exhibit.
During the tour, donors will get an up-close view of more than 3,000
American flags proudly displayed at Unity Field to honor the victims
of 9-11. The flags, representing victims of the 9-11 attacks, are
placed in the speedway’s Lot 10 by veterans from local American
With the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the Spirit of America blood drive
will feature a special tribute throughout the weekend. From 9 p.m.
through midnight Friday through Sunday, Unity Field will feature
a single beam of light pointed straight to the sky in a tribute
to the victims of 9-11. “Ray of Remembrance” will be
visible from many of the surrounding communities of MIS and people
are encouraged to visit the “Ray of Remembrance,” which
will be proudly displayed in Unity Field.
Unity Field and the “Ray of Remembrance” tribute are
free and open to the public.
Also, a bagpiper will play “Amazing Grace” throughout
the MIS property throughout the morning at six Sept. 11 moments,
starting at 8:46 a.m. when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into
the World Trade Center North Tower.
Here’s the complete schedule for the bagpiper. Items with
an asterisk are open to the general public (anyone not giving blood):
8:46 a.m. Unity Field*
American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the World Trade Center’s
9:02 a.m. Heroes’ Hall*
United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the World Trade Center’s
9:37 a.m. Champion’s Club
American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon
9:58 a.m. Michigan Room
The south tower of the World Trade Center collapse
10:03 a.m. Unity Field*
United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, Pa.
10:28 a.m. Heroes’ Hall*
The north tower of the World Trade Center collapsesAnyone may come
to Unity Field. Only blood donors with scheduled appointments will
receive a gift bag and lunch. All blood drive appointments are full.
Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America Blood Drive has
grown into one of the largest 9-11 blood drives in the nation with
more than 1,300 pints of blood collected just last year. In the
past nine years, more than 7,546 pints of blood have been collected
at the Spirit of America drive, positively affecting more than 22,638
Sponsors of the ninth annual Spirit of America Blood Drive include:
Allegra, Advance America, Americrown, Be The Match, Brooklyn-Irish
Hills Chamber of Commerce, Chevy Trucks, C&L Sanitation, Coke,
Culver’s, DDM Marketing & Communications, FOX 47, Gift
of Life, Jackson Coffee Company, Jackson Community Ambulance, Kiwanis,
Kohl’s, Michigan CAT, Prestige Promotional Products, Print
Tech, Richard Petty Driving Experience and The Home Depot.
Michigan International Speedway