FALLEN MARINE’S FAMILY WHO HAD A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE HONORED GUESTS AT ERX MOTOR PARK
Decorated Navy Seal Derrick Van Orden to honor wife and son of Marine Sergeant Christopher Jacobs; Folds of Honor will also present a scholarship to a Minnesota Gold Star family
Elk River, Minn. (June 5, 2017) – Decorated Navy Seal, actor, and author Derrick Van Orden will be an honorary grand marshal at this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL, off-road truck races at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, June 10-11. While Van Orden will deliver the official “start your engines” order to drivers on Sunday, he will also have a more poignant role as he presents the wife and son of Marine Sergeant Christopher Jacobs; who lost his life during a training exercise in 2011; with a United States flag in appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.
Much of the nation was first made aware of the tragic story of Christopher Jacobs this past Memorial Day when Christopher’s wife Brittany Jacobs and son Christian were visiting the grave site of their husband and father at Arlington National Cemetery. Also visiting during this same time was President Trump and Vice President Pence who, when asked by six-year-old Christian if they would like to see his father, both graciously agreed.
Young Christian, who keeps his father’s memory alive by often dressing like a marine, showed pictures of his father and his grave site to President Trump. Photos from the encounter quickly went viral, and Brittany and Christian were featured guests on Fox and Friends the next morning.
During the interview, Brittany described her husband’s passions, of which included his love for off-road racing. Upon seeing the interview, the staff at ERX Motor Park felt compelled to reach out to Brittany and her son and invite them to the TORC Series Twin Cities Takedown with an all-expenses paid trip to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from their home in North Carolina.
A video on the Jacobs family encounter with President Trump can be viewed HERE.
ERX Motor Park and the TORC series believe in leading by example and want to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. In addition to recognizing the Gold Star Jacobs family; Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members, will also make a presentation to a Minnesota Gold Star family on Saturday. Currently Serving Military, Veterans and their families can receive complimentary tickets to all TORC Series events through Vet Tix: Veteran Tickets Foundation. Visit vettix.com for more information and to reserve tickets.
The TORC Series Twin Cities Takedown at ERX will feature two-full days of professional off-road racing action. The sprawling 400-acre facility features on-site camping, premium viewing areas of the natural terrain, one-mile track, and family-friendly pricing with single day passes just $25 and children 11 and under free. For tickets, camping reservations, schedule of events, and more information visit erxmotorpark.com/off-road.