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Riverside cadets to fold flag, present colors at NASCAR race
Military members hold a giant American flag before the start of the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton

The color guard and drill team from Riverside Military Academy will spend this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway sharing the significance of how the American flag is folded, then present the colors for the national anthem and do the flag folds at Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR race.

Lt. Col. Kenny Payne, Riverside’s senior Army instructor, said “it’s an honor for us to pair up with QuikTrip,” which is sponsoring the race and the fan zone.

Payne said the Riverside cadets will spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the fan zone stage demonstrating and explaining the 13 folds of the flag.

Then a five-man color guard — which will include the U.S., Georgia and Riverside flags and two rifles — from Riverside will present the colors as the national anthem is played Sunday before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starts at 2:30 p.m.

Payne expects to have 16 cadets each day Friday and Saturday and 30 on Sunday.

This is the third year Riverside cadets have done the folds of the flag for the race weekend and the second year they’ve presented the colors.

Folds of Honor, which is also sponsoring the race, seeks “to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members,” according to its website.

This weekend’s race is the second of the regular season, following last week’s Daytona 500. Dawsonville native Chase Elliott led in the final three laps before finishing 14th after being passed for the lead and running out of gas. Elliott is eighth in the Monster Energy NASCAR standings with 33 points, which includes points for his victory in a qualifying race at Daytona. He also sat on the pole for the Daytona 500.

Being part of this NASCAR race weekend at the Hampton track is “an experience the guys (won’t) ever forget,” Payne said.