Military Appreciation Day at Loper Football includes numerous activities; Players visit Nebraska Veteran’s Home Monday

It was all smiles for Mike Nieting (center) at the Nebraska Veteran’s Home in Grand Island Monday afternoon. Members of the University of Nebraska-Kearney football team visited the facility and enjoyed time with the residents and shared their appreciation for their service. Athletes partaking in the effort included (back from left) Chance Redmond, Jonathan Gula, Corey Van Dorn and Cole Manhart.
It was all smiles for Mike Nieting (center) at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home Monday afternoon. Members of the University of Nebraska-Kearney football team visited the facility and enjoyed time with the residents and shared their appreciation for their service. Athletes partaking in the effort included (back from left) Chance Redmond, Jonathan Gula, Corey Van Dorn and Cole Manhart. (Photos by Corbey R.Dorsey)

In honor of those who have served and are currently serving our nation in the Armed Forces and public works, UNK Athletics will host Military and Service Appreciation Day on Nov. 1 when the Loper football team takes on Fort Hays State University. Kickoff is at noon.

Any veterans, active duty men and women, city or state service employees will receive two (2) FREE general admission tickets to the game. Those veterans and family members needing handicapped accommodations will also have full access to the third floor handicapped observation deck.

There will be a variety of activities for fans of all ages to enjoy including:

  • FREE pregame tailgate for veterans and family members (Open 2 hours prior to kickoff in Loperville tailgating area);
  • Public tour of “Remembering Our Fallen” Memorial (sponsored by Cabela’s);
  • Interactive tour of official military vehicles;
  • Inflatables games and obstacle course (sponsored by the National Guard);
  • ROTC & members of the Young Americans for Freedom will present a large American flag on the field for the national anthem;
  • Introduction of Gold Star Families;
  • Special recognition of supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project;
  • Pride of the Plains Marching Band performance of an Armed Forces “Branch Salute”; and
  • Opportunity to send veterans a thank you postcard.

The “Remembering Our Fallen” Memorial was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The tribute tours Nebraska and is a humbling display that tells the story of individuals who have fought for freedom abroad.  Thanks to the sponsorship provided by Cabela’s, admission is FREE to this exhibit.  For more information on the “Remembering our Fallen” Memorial visit rememberingourfallen.org.

For ticket information contact the UNK Athletic Ticket office at (308)865-1563.

Quotes

 “There is nothing more worthwhile than honoring our Veterans and those on active duty that have given so much for us to enjoy the freedom we have today. I am very proud of our UNK students for recognizing this fact and honoring our military. Connecting the past, present, and future is vital to the preservation of our society.  Thank you UNK for recognizing the contributions of our military and expressing appreciation for all they do.” -Mayor Stan Clouse, City of Kearney

“Military Appreciation Day at the University of Nebraska Kearney provides all of us in the campus community an opportunity to connect with and honor the men and women who stand in service of our country.  We owe each of them a tremendous debt of gratitude.  From ROTC to the National Guard to every branch of the military, all are heroes in the truest sense of the word.” – Chancellor Doug Kristensen, University of Nebraska Kearney

“When most veterans answered the call to arms, they didn’t do it for the attention. They did it because it was the right thing, the patriotic thing, to do. A simple heartfelt thank you is more than enough and more than they expect. But this day, this celebration at UNK, is an honor that is appreciated and one that will be remembered by the veterans present today. Kearney and the surrounding communities are great supporters of our veterans and, with UNK being such a big part of the community; it only stands to reason that they would hold an event such as this. Thank you, UNK” -Dick Pierce, Veterans First

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University of Nebraska-Kearney football team member Cole Manhart signs an autograph for Nebraska Veteran’s Home resident xxxxx (left) Monday afternoon. Sharing in the visit were team members Chance Redmond (62), Jonathan Gula (65) and Corey Van Dorn (46).
University of Nebraska-Kearney football team member Cole Manhart signs an autograph for Grand Island Veteran’s Home resident Don Buettner (left) Monday afternoon. Sharing in the visit were team members Chance Redmond (62), Jonathan Gula (65) and Corey Van Dorn (46).

One thought on “Military Appreciation Day at Loper Football includes numerous activities; Players visit Nebraska Veteran’s Home Monday

  1. These young men represent our future. It truly brings a sense of pride and a warm feeling inside to know they care about the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to secure our freedom and inspired other countries to fight for theirs.

    You’ve represented yourselves, your school, and your families well guys. Keep up the great work!!!

    Sincerely,

    Chance Redmond’s Aunt Gina
    I love and miss you Sweetheart!

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