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Clio airman killed in action 15 years ago to be honored during NASCAR race

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Published: May. 24, 2018 at 6:56 PM EDT
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(05/24/18) - A big honor this Memorial Day weekend for a Clio airman killed in action in Iraq 15 years ago.

The NASCAR Salutes tribute is happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600.

Family of the late Staff Sgt. Scott Sather are thrilled for the honor.

Some of his family, including his mom, are on their way to North Carolina for the race.

This isn't the first time that he was honored in this way.

In 2003 - not too long after his death - Jeff Gordon carried Sather's military unit challenge coin at two races (Coca-Cola 600 and Dover).

Kathy Harris has collected every article, every letter, program, picture and detail about her nephew's time as a U.S. Special Tactics Team Member during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She complied nearly 200 pages of the Clio High School graduate, who was just 29-years-old when he was killed in combat in Iraq.

He died April 8, 2003.

Since then, the decorated soldier has been honored across Mid-Michigan, the entire state, country and world.

Now more than 15 years later he'll be honored again when race car driver Jamie McMurray carries Sather's name on his windshield.

Someone whose made her own tribute to her nephew will be happy to see it.

"I don't even know why I did it but I had something in my heart that said I needed to do this because we did not know what he did, and so I just started gathering things and as I started gathering things," Harris said. "I reached out to people all over the world to get some of this information sent to me."

40 other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ cars will bear the name of a fallen service member on their car windshields during the race.

Byron native and race car driver Erik Jones will honor another Michigan native, U.S. Army Corporal Nicholas Roush.

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