Troy University salutes armed forces Nov. 22

Posted: Friday, 14 November 2008

TROY – Troy University will once again shine the spotlight on the men and women of the armed forces during the Nov. 22 football game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

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 all active-duty military personnel, and to the soldiers and airmen at Fort Rucker, Fort Benning and Maxwell Air Force Base – including their families.

Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins said honoring our current and former military service men and women was of utmost importance.

“Now more than ever, we as a nation must extend ourselves to show support for our men and women serving in harm’s way,” she said. “I believe we have grown accustomed to our troops being deployed, and this game is a great reminder of our continued enthusiasm for supporting our troops. Through our TROY for Troops program, we continue to hear how appreciative our troops are of our efforts to include them in this game. It seems to mean a lot to them.”

Mrs. Hawkins added much of that feedback reflects their pride in being a part of Troy University. They often request TROY flags they can fly during the game, as well as sending messages back that will be displayed on the Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium's Jumbotron.

Tributes to America’s fighting men and women will be made throughout the game, which begins at 6 p.m.

Pregame festivities 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 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.

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, reserves and family members will be asked to stand and be recognized during the performance of their service song.

Military personnel and their families at Fort Rucker, Fort Benning and Maxwell Air Force Base may receive free tickets at their base’s public affairs office. On game-day non-uniformed military personnel may purchase discounted tickets for $8 at Gate 1 after showing their military identification card.