Nearly 1,000 Veterans to Attend Nebraska - Kansas State Game for Veteranís Salute

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Prange Aerial Photography, Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln -- The University of Nebraska Athletic Department is proud to host approximately 1,000 veterans for the Kansas State - Nebraska football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, when NU will have a special military and Veteran’s salute. 

One hundred tickets were donated by Nebraska student-athletes, 80 tickets were given back to the University from season ticket holders and another 400 complimentary tickets were donated to the “Tickets for Veterans” plan.   

In addition, approximately 40 U.S. Marine Corps will be represented at the game and will collect unwrapped toys or monetary donations for Toys for Tots before the game.

Soldiers representing the Army Reserve, National Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force will all be in attendance sitting on the East apron behind the Husker team as guests of the athletic department.  More than 350 soldiers (364) who have recently returned from overseas after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will be in attendance, representing the following military units...

      National Guard:
            *          267th Ordnance Co., Lincoln
            *          Co. B, 735th Main Support Bn., Kearney, Lexington, McCook
            *          1075th Transportation Co., Columbus, York
            *          Det. 2, Co. F, 238th Aviation Regt., Lincoln
            *          313th Medical Company, Lincoln

       Army Reserve:
           *          561st Corps Support Group, Omaha
           *          295th Ordnance Co., Hastings, Lincoln and Kearney
           *          172nd Transportation Co., Omaha
           *          308th Transportation Co., Lincoln
           *          915th Transportation Co., Omaha
           *          308th QM Co., Omaha
           *          439th MP Team, Omaha
           *          1013th QM Co., North Platte, McCook

      Air Force:
            *          Offutt Air Force Base, 55th Wing

            *          10th Special Forces Airborne Group, Ft. Carson, Colo.

            *          U.S. Marines (collecting for Toys for Tots)

Husker Student-Athletes to Donate to Cause
University of Nebraska student-athletes contributed 100 tickets to the “Tickets for Veterans” drive.  Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Ashley Selig said the student-athletes are glad to help.  “The student-athletes at Nebraska are honored to be able to help make this Veteran’s Day special,” Selig said.  “Our Veterans have given us so much and this is just one way that we can thank them for their efforts in ensuring the freedom we enjoy as Americans.”

Other Events Connected With Veteran’s Salute:
The band will play patriotic songs in honor of Veteran’s Day, which is Friday, the day before the game. Each of the military units of the University ROTC will be represented in the colors presentation during the anthem.  A moment of silence will take place just before the anthem, in honor of the 25 native Nebraskans who have lost their lives since Sept. 11, defending our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  The Veterans will also be special guests at the Husker Nation Pavilion this Saturday.  Fans are reminded that the game will NOT be televised and will not be shown at the Pavilion this Saturday.


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