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NASCAR to honor local fallen marine

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PADUCAH -

Honoring a fallen Marine isn't easy, but can happen in the most unique ways.

Including a flag, signed by some of today's most popular NASCAR drivers and with it a hand written, heartfelt note.

"Joe, truly sorry for your loss. There are no words I can write. The flag was flown from The Coke 600 race in Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend."

A flag flown in honor of Master Sergeant Aaron Torian who died in Afghanistan. The flag's permanent home is now with Aaron's dad, Joe, in Paducah.

A gift made possible by a friend of Joe's who has ties to NASCAR.

"It was a very, very special thing I wanted you and your family to have. Love your buddy, Eddie," said Joe as he read Eddie's letter.

The same drivers who signed the flag will have Aaron's picture on their car during Saturday's race in Sparta, Kentucky.

"To actually see it, it'll mean the world to me," said Joe. "Aaron was a very special person and he would have never thought that anybody would do anything for him like this."

Joe will be there to witness it all.

"I still can't believe it. It's not every day you get to go to the NASCAR race and go into the pits. Aaron would be thrilled just to go to the race."

But like any parent, Joe will do anything to trade a day at the track to have his son by his side.

"I keep thinking I'll get that phone call. Dad, I'll be coming in on a certain date."

While that phone call will never come, memories of Aaron will last forever, and Joe takes comfort knowing others are honoring his son on the track and through the flag.

"There's not another one like it, like Aaron. There's not another one like him and there won't be another one like him."

The drivers who signed the flag, and will have Aaron Torian's picture on their cars, are Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch.

The race will be Saturday, June 28th during the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 in Sparta, Kentucky.

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