TOWNSHIP OF WRIGHT, COUNTY OF ALZERNE (WBRE / WYOU) – A high school in Luzerne County honored our military in a special football game on Friday night.
The Crestwood Comets faced off against the Western Wayne Wildcats in honor of veterans and service members serving in the military.
This âSalute to Serviceâ brought together hundreds of people from the Mountaintop community for an evening of patriotism.
âThis is the culmination of celebrating our veterans, past and present. And it is a celebration of the freedom of our country with the sacrifices of the brave, âMartin Bibla, assistant coach of the Crestwood Comets.
Before kickoff, the Pennsylvania National Guard flew a Chinook helicopter over the field. Guests were able to interact with the soldiers and even learn about military equipment up close.
âI think it’s just a good thing. It brings back what the National Guard is doing coming out, supporting community events showing you know citizens, soldiers. Support the community where many of our soldiers come from, âsaid Captain Jeremy Whitmer, member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
A presentation of the colors and the tap dance was carried out by the local American Legion and VFW stations. The ceremony also included a removal of the flag and a presentation to John Henry, Mountain Top’s oldest living veteran.
The kickoff was given by a cannon shot and fireworks. Thirteen flags were raised in honor of the 13 servicemen killed last month in Afghanistan.
âThe support from the community, as you can see, is fully effective tonight and it’s wonderful,â Bibla said.