Game Time Celebrations Honor Veterans and Armed Services

Today NFL players and teams are celebrating more than football.  They are honoring veterans and the armed services with many activities and events.  Here are the  Week 10 pregame and in-stadium events.

At the Falcons game the National Anthem will be performed by an active duty National Guardsman as 85 other Guardsmen hold a large American flag. Members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will deploy the Falcons Flag during player introductions. A joint Color Guard will be on hand. The halftime show will pay tribute to World War II veterans.

In Carolina the Anthem and halftime show will be performed by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Chorus while a large American flag is unfurled. Operation Gameday program will recognize service members who will lead the team out of the tunnel and also take part in the coin toss.  There will be a Color Guard and flyover at both games.  The Panthers will also donate hundreds of tickets to the military for both games.

The Bears has asked military personnel will lead the team out of the tunnel, and a member of the Armed Forces will serve as the Honorary Captain. A Marine will sing the National Anthem as a large American flag is held by 100 members of the different branches of the military. There will be a flyover at the end of the Anthem, and a reenlistment and Purple Heart ceremony at halftime.

The Bengals will have the Ohio Air National Guard will deliver the team mascot, Who Dey, to the game in a HumVee. Master Sergeant DOUG REED and Sergeant First Class TY HENERY will deliver the coin for the coin toss. National Guard members will hold a large American flag during the National Anthem. A local unit will be honored at halftime.

Browns pregame activities will include a special presentation of an American Flag shaped like the United States held by 100 Ohio National Guard members. Star flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces will frame the flag as the National Anthem is performed by Army Veteran Specialist CHANEL CURRY. As the Browns are introduced from the home team tunnel, local Marines will form a gauntlet. During halftime, a special recognition will take place to recognize Ohio National Guard soldiers. The USO will also be on-site to pass out literature.

The Cowboys recognition elements of veterans and the military include recording artist NEAL MCCOY performing with the 77th Army Band; 250 soldiers presenting a field flag; recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen; a USAA halftime card stunt and pregame tailgate reception; and three active soldiers receiving new homes. Medal of Honor recipient LEROY PETRY will join players on field as the Honorary Captain after the coin is delivered to referees by the U.S. Navy Seals.

The Colts will honor veterans from all branches of the military through a pregame full-field American flag presentation and halftime tribute at their November 13 game.

The Dolphins will have the National Anthem will be performed by the Parris Island Marine Band while sailors hold a large American flag. A flyover will occur. There will be military vehicles on display in the AT&T Grand Plaza. There will also be a ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’ collection.

At the  Jets  military appreciation game the Coast Guard Choir will perform before player introductions. Tuskegee Airmen will serve as Honorary Captains. Twenty members from each branch of the military will unfurl an American flag on-field as the National Anthem is performed. The West Point Band will perform at halftime.

Chargers will have a card stunt to thank the military following the National Anthem, and five soldiers will be honored on-field at halftime. USAA will also host 100 military members and their families at a private tent party.

The 49ers will host 50 service members at their game and will further honor the military, as five Tuskegee Airmen will serve as Honorary Captains.

The Seahawks will honor the military on November 13. A reenlistment will take place on the field prior to the National Anthem, and an enlistment will take place in the south end zone prior to pregame festivities. A local soldier will lead the team out of the tunnel. Air Force Staff Sgt. ANGIE JOHNSON will sing the National Anthem with her band, Sidewinder. GEORGE HICKMAN, one of the six known living Tuskegee Airmen in Seattle, will raise the 12th Man Flag.

The Buccaneers will celebrate the 70thanniversary of MacDill Air Force Base with a salute to the military. Military-themed elements will be prevalent throughout the game, including the family of wounded veteran Corporal MICHAEL NICHOLSON as Honorary Captains.


Monday pregame and in-stadium initiatives

The Packers’ Military Appreciation Game is November 14. The team will have a card stunt during the National Anthem. A Navy flyover is scheduled. At halftime, the Packers will honor each branch of the military by playing their hymns and displaying their flags on the field. Following the fight songs, the Army Band will play “God Bless America,” and a small fireworks display will conclude the ceremony.


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