Troy University will pay tribute to the nation’s military on Nov. 18 when the Trojans play host to Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana at Veterans Memorial Stadium for the Military Appreciation Game. Kickoff for the game, which will be broadcast on the NFL Network, is set for 2:30 p.m.
All active, retired and reserve members of the United States military may request up to four complimentary tickets for the game by contacting the Troy Ticket Office, 877-878-WINS (9467).
TROY has a long history of service to the military and has designated one home football game as its Military Appreciation Game each year since 2000.
During pregame activities, an American flag will be displayed on the field in the outline of the United States as the Sound of the South performs The National Anthem. A flyover featuring helicopters from Fort Novosel will cap off the pregame festivities. The flight crews from those helicopters will be honored and recognized at a presentation later in the game. The Trojans will wear patriotic TROY logos on their helmets for the game.
The game will feature a special Salute to Military halftime show, including the “Walk of Heroes” during which active duty and military veterans will process across the field as their service song is performed by the Sound of the South. Halftime fireworks will provide a further salute to military personnel present.
Other in-game presentations on the field and on the video board will be included throughout the game to honor the nation’s military, including a video presentation of the laying of the wreath on the Veterans memorial on the south end zone plaza, a POW/MIA Chair presentation, and a donation from Lockheed Martin to the University’s TROY for Troops Scholarship program. The TROY for Troops Scholarship was established to honor the memory of all veterans with the purpose to assist students who have a parent who was wounded in the line of duty while serving in a branch of the U.S. military.
More than 1,500 tickets have been donated to service members from Hurlbert Field, Fort Moore, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fort Novosel, Tyndall Air Force Base and Maxwell Air Force Base are expected to be in attendance.
Troy University’s service to the military dates to the 1950s, and the University’s commitment to serving the men and women of the United States military has continued to grow through the years through efforts such as TROY for Troops centers, which seek to meet the unique needs of service men and women and their dependents, the Military and Family Scholarship and annual recognitions during Military Appreciation and Military Family Appreciation months.
Mrs. Janice Hawkins, Troy University’s First Lady, leads the TROY for Troops committee that was formed to show appreciation and provide support for military members affiliated with the TROY family. In addition to providing care packages for troops, TROY for Troops t-shirts, and a TROY for Troops Service coin, the committee supports the efforts of the TROY for Troops scholarship and plans activities and presentations for the annual Military Appreciation football game.
Tickets for the game are available at www.TroyTrojans.com/tickets or by calling 334-670-3681 in advance of the game.