Photos Courtesy NHMS & Jill Torres
NHMS staff cleared out the expansion area for Moore Cemetery in the speedway’s hometown of Loudon, N.H. for the fourth annual Speedway Cares Day.
LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) staff members enjoyed a day of community service and team building Wednesday for the fourth annual Speedway Cares Day in Loudon, N.H., hometown to “The Magic Mile.” The team spent a combined total of 69 hours chopping trees, clearing brush and raking leaves to clear out the expansion area at the Moore Cemetery.
“There’s no question about it. What the speedway does each year is very helpful for the town,” said Cemetery Custodian for the Town of Loudon Stanley Prescott. “They painted the fence at the Loudon Village Cemetery last year, and it still looks very nice, and now the Moore Cemetery looks wonderful. We’re going to do some expansion there in the future, and this will be very helpful.”
The Moore Cemetery, which dates back to the early-1800s, was built by Loudon resident Steven Moore, who was born on June 29, 1799 and died in 1891. Moore was very active in the Loudon community and outlived most of his immediate family and friends. He also took part in building the Loudon Congregational Church right in front of the cemetery and donated the church bell. Moore also installed the granite posts that still surround the cemetery today. Clearing the expansion area of the Moore Cemetery is crucial so when the cemetery layout is expanded in the near future, the whole area can be utilized for the next few generations of Loudon residents.
Since its inception in 2018, Speedway Cares Day has contributed more than 400 collective hours of community service to the town of Loudon and become an annual day of community service for the NHMS team. Past Speedway Cares Day projects include cleaning up the recreation field and prepping the baseball fields and dugouts for the Loudon Youth Baseball Program, trimming bushes, raking and aerating lawns, cleaning mulch beds, spreading new mulch, sweeping parking lots and walkways, repairing fences and gates, cleaning a playground and scraping, painting and restoring more than 250 feet of fence at Loudon’s oldest town cemetery.
“The NHMS team looks forward to Speedway Cares Day each year,” said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath. “It’s just as much a fun team-building day for us as it is a day to give back to the community who helps us welcome tens of thousands of race fans from all over the world to Loudon each summer as we host our major events.”
The day wrapped up with the NHMS staff members coming together to enjoy lunch, which was generously donated by Smoke Shack Southern Barbecue in the speedway’s infield.
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