Honoring American heroes

Football game on 9/11 aims to honor veterans

FSU Athletics and FSU Student Veterans are teaming up to show appreciation for American veterans at a football game at Top Taggart Field.

“Once I saw the game was scheduled for Sept. 11, I went to the vets group to see if they wanted to partner on a tribute during the game,” said Associate Athletic Director Jon Coles. “I support what vets do and what they stand for.  Given that our game landed on Sept. 11, this was a great opportunity to reach out to our student vets.”

There will be a Red, White, and Blues tailgate event sponsored by FSU Student Government and a concert by Big Daddy Fox. The FSU Bulldogs will kick off their 2010 home schedule with a game against Saginaw Valley State University at 6 p.m. At approximately 9 p.m., there will be a concert by Michael Peterson. The day will be wrapped up by a fireworks show that will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

“We will have a tribute ceremony at halftime of the event [FSU football game],” said Coles. “All fans will be given an American flag to wave and say thank you with.”

Michael Milford, president of the Veterans Association on Ferris’ campus, senior in the electrical engineering program and Army veteran, advises students to use this event to thank veterans past and present for their service to our country.

The Ferris Veterans Association will be selling a commemorative coin for the “Honoring American Heroes Day” event for $10 at the stadium. The U.S. Army will have several vehicles on display during the day.

Cost of attendance for general admission is $7 and cost for senior citizens and children K-12 is $5. Admission for FSU students, military veterans, current military members, and first responders is free. One dollar of each ticket sold will support the FSU Veterans Student Organization. For more information, contact Jon Coles at joncoles@nullferris.edu.

“This event means the efforts of the first responders and military are appreciated for defending our country,” said Milford. “Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.” n