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In a breathtaking display of patriotism and precision, Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Krietenstein, representing the U.S. Army Parachute Team, soared through the skies over Martinsville Motor Speedway with the POW flag billowing behind him. As the anticipation mounted for the NASCAR Cookout 400 race in Martinsville, Virginia, on April 7, 2024, Krietenstein’s daring parachute jump served as a stirring reminder of the sacrifices of prisoners of war. His descent, a part of the pre-race festivities, symbolized the unwavering commitment of the armed forces and stirred the hearts of spectators, setting the stage for a day filled with adrenaline-fueled excitement and patriotic fervor at the iconic racetrack.

U.S. Army video by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Krietenstein