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This Sunday, November 16, the Redskins will take the field against the Buccaneers in their annual #SaluteToService game. Throughout the month of November, 32 games will be played in honor of American servicemen and women, past and present. For each point scored, the NFL has been donating $100 to each of its military appreciation partners-the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project. To date, over $200,000 has been raised this season.
To kick the game off, 200 active duty military members will take the field to unveil a field-length American flag and perform the “living flag” ritual. The colors will be presented by Joint Base Andrews Honor Guard and Sgt. Vicki Goldberg of the U.S. Army will sing the national anthem. The entire stadium will also experience an F-16 jet fly-over.
The Redskins and USAA, the presenting sponsor and Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Washington Redskins, are joining forces to honor local military by inviting more than 50 guests from local military units to Sunday’s game.
General Larry O. Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Jay Paxton, Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief Naval Officer of the U.S. Navy and Lieutenant General David Halverson of the U.S. Army will serve as honorary captains.
Prior to kickoff, the Redskins will present a special military challenge coin, designed and created by USAA, for use in the official coin toss. The Redskins will also display #SaluteToService banners on the sidelines honoring all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as honoring members of the military on-field.
As part of the Redskins’ season-long military appreciation efforts, three families of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – a non-profit geared towards helping those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces – will be highlighted in-game on the video boards.
At halftime, a special pinning ceremony by The Military Order of The Purple Heart will take place to honor two military members and the Marine Corps Band will play.
Camouflage lapel pins, player towels, player gloves, captains’ patches and helmet decals will be worn on the field. Additionally, each ball used during the game will possess a camouflage ribbon.
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