May 23, 2013
Grand Valley State athletics, in partnership with WGVUEngage and J&H Oil, which is the presenting game-day sponsor, announcedtoday that it will host Military Appreciation Day on Sept. 21, 2013 to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the five branches of the United States Military.
"We are looking forward to this event to honor our veterans and celebrate those who are currently serving in our military," said Associate Athletic Director for Marketing, Doug Lipinski. "We are planning several special events throughout the day as a way to say thank you to those who protect our freedoms."
Prior to the football game versus Tiffin at 7:00 p.m., WGVU Engage will host the Veterans Salute presented by Uniform Color Company from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Kelly Family Sports Center. The event will feature military vehicles (past and present) and displays from all five service branches, including a tribute to 25 area Medal of Honor recipients.
In addition, there will be an area for the Operation Forward Movement that will focus on services and resources for veterans as well as an opportunity for the community to give back. The LZ Michigan Vietnam Big Map will be on display, courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The Veterans Salute will have music, videos, and a kids area that will have PBS Characters, along with a chance to make cards for the veterans. Military personal will also have official swearing in ceremony for those heading out to begin their military service.
"WGVU and WGVU ENGAGE are proud to be a part of Military Appreciation Day," Michael T. Walenta, WGVU Public Media General Manager, commented. "We all know that Freedom isn't Free. To all of our military we continue to say THANK YOU!"
The Lakers will honor our troops on the field by wearing special Adidas jerseys. The Adidas jerseys will represent a branch of the military on the nameplate, with special tackle-twill digital camouflage numbers on the front and back. To see photos of the jersey, click here..
Louie's Locker Room, GVSU's official team store, will also be selling exclusive camouflage hats and t-shirts for the event, with all proceeds going to the LZ Michigan Endowment Fund to support GVSU student veterans.
"J & H Family Stores is proud of the veterans and active military that protect ourcommunities." Craig Hoppen, President of J&H Oil Company and J&H Family Stores, added. "We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this memorable event to honor those who have risked their lives for ours".
The night will conclude with a special fireworks show presented by Farm Bureau Insurance Katerberg Agency and Farm Bureau Insurance Sean Black Agency.
WGVU Engage Veterans Salute is a community led initiative as part of WGVU Public Media and WGVU Engage. To learn how you can get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.