Sarah Mitchell, a 2013 Graduate of Neshaminy High School, was honored by NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin and his team during Sunday’s Memorial Day Weekend race. Her name was displayed on the Fed Ex #11 vehicle’s windshield for all to see.
Ensign Sarah Mitchell passed away while working through a training activity aboard the USS Jason Dunham last July in the Red Sea. She was 23 years old.
While Hamlin and Mitchell never knew each other, Hamlin felt it was important to honor Mitchell for her sacrifice.
Fed Ex #11 Team Account Manager Justin Garner spoke about how important this weekend was for the Mitchell family. Seven members of Mitchell’s family including her parents, brother, uncle, and cousins were granted a behind-the-scenes view into the garage to see the vehicle before the race.
“It”s a look for them to see how we operate,” Garner began. “But also it’s a time for remembrance and to celebrate her life and to thank her for her sacrifice as well as the families”.
Hamlin visited the Norfolk Naval Station Visit last month and met with personnel stationed there.
“His attitude was one of thanks,” Garner said. “It’s a day that those guys get a chance to see what our Military service men and women go through on a daily basis.”
Hamlin placed 17th in Sunday’s race. The vehicle was damaged on the last lap after a collision, but he managed to take the car across the finish line.
The driver connected with Mitchell through Honor and Remember, an organization dedicated to recognizing the sacrifice of fallen service members and their families.
WBCB’s Kyle Fanelli contributed to this post.