Troy University plans ‘Salute to Armed Forces’ Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 19 November 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will salute the men and women of the armed forces during the Trojans’ Nov. 21 football against Florida Atlantic University in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 3:15 p.m.

The University’s “Salute to Armed Forces” honors both current and past members of the armed forces at one home football game each November as a Veterans Day tribute. The tradition began in 2000.

This year, a special invitation was issued to active-duty military personnel at Fort Rucker, Fort Benning and Maxwell Air Force Base.

Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins, who chairs the University’s ongoing “TROY for Troops” effort to honor and support military men and women who are in harm’s way, said the game is another way the University and the local community can pay tribute to current and former military service men and women.

“It is vitally important for us to continue to express our gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces for their dedicated, selfless service to our country,” Mrs. Hawkins said. “Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have become a common part of our lives and we must not forget that these men and women need and deserve our support. Our ‘Salute to Armed Forces’ football game is another way through which our University demonstrates this continued support.”

Pre-game festivities will include the presentation of the colors by cadets of the University’s Army and Air Force ROTC units. In addition, the University will recognize those wounded in wartime through the Wounded Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at assisting those men and women of the U.S. armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

Brian Hicks of Pike Road will represent the Wounded Warriors during the coin flip prior to the game. Hicks, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was injured in a Humvee accident during his deployment to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003. As a result of the accident, Hicks’ left leg had to be amputated below the knee. Hicks is the son of Donna and Larry Hicks of Troy. He and his wife, Teresa, have two sons – Joel and Justin.

At halftime, the Sound of the South marching band will provide a special salute, including the performance of the service song for each branch of the military. All veterans, active duty and reserves and their family members will be recognized during the performance of their service song.

Any active-duty service member presenting a military identification card will receive a complimentary ticket to the game. All others who present a military I.D. will be able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $8.