Ole Miss is set to honor its students, faculty and former military veterans this Saturday against Auburn in its annual Military Appreciation Game.
The university’s mission to honor and support its veteran students does not go unnoticed by its military faculty and staff.
Throughout the Ole Miss football game against the Tigers, a variety of events and activities will honor veterans and their service, including leadership of the Ole Miss Student Veterans Association. The kick is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
The Ole Miss football team will be releasing their patriotic-themed helmets for Saturday’s game against Auburn. The Rebels have made it a tradition to play one game per season with helmets that honor the military.
The Ole Miss logo in midfield will be painted in red, white and blue, honoring those who keep our country safe. A special end zone design will also pay homage to our nation’s military.
Prior to kickoff, the 1st of the Mississippi National Guard’s 185th Aviation Regiment and United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team “The Para-Commandos” will conduct a forward balloon delivery -match. Retired Petty Officer 1st Class General Wilson will honor America by singing our national anthem.
Notable alumni and service members will be recognized during the game, including Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles, Mississippi’s adjutant general since September 1, 2016. As commanding general of the Mississippi Army and the Air National Guard, Boyles is responsible for more than 12,000 members of the Mississippi Guard. Joining Ole Miss Football and participating in the pre-game raffle is University of Mississippi alumnus and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Victor B. Minella.
The halftime will also feature a special tribute to our nation’s military by the Southern Pride Marching Band.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports