The game against the St. Louis Rams was dedicated to honoring all of the men and women who have served as part of our military. We showed our love and support for each branch of the military in various ways that day. From the beginning, the MVC ran out of the tunnel with military men and women by our side. Then, during the national anthem (which was performed by the Navy Band Great Lakes) a flyover took place and Season Ticket holders whom were veterans or active service members, held an American flag on the field. The game was officially kicked off as Army Master Sergeant Eric Marts sounded the Gjallarhorn, and Sergeant First Class Army National Guard Veteran Matt Ross delivered the game day ball. Coaches, players and officials wore camouflage-branded game apparel to raise awareness for the Salute to Service campaign, and the MVC wore uniforms that represented each branch of the military. To top it off, during the Salute to Service halftime, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed silent precision exhibition drills which exemplified their extreme discipline and professionalism.
As I've spent time reflecting on this game, I am grateful and humbled to be a citizen of the United States. During this game, I was fortunate to have met some of those remarkable individuals that serve our country each and every day. Although the military appreciation game only happens once a year, we are grateful for what the military does for our country day in and day out. We as MVC are thankful for their tremendous sacrifice.
God Bless America!
Elyssa, 2nd year MVC