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November 2008

Release Date: Nov. 5, 2008

ASU’s Military Appreciation Day to Honor Armed Services Personnel

In conjunction with the nation’s celebration of Veterans Day, Angelo State University will honor military personnel by providing free admission to all home sports events Saturday, Nov. 8, during Military Appreciation Day.

All military personnel, whether active, retired or reserve, along with their families will receive free admission to both the Rambelle volleyball match against Southeastern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m. at the Junell Center/Stephens Arena and the Ram football game against Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 6 p.m. in San Angelo Stadium.

Personnel in uniform or with a military ID card showing their active, retired or reserve status will be admitted to the games along with accompanying family members.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “Military Appreciation Day is Angelo State’s way of thanking not only the men and women of the armed forces but also their families for the sacrifices they make in guaranteeing our freedoms as Americans. We are proud of them as well as the cadets in ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 as they prepare to assume roles in the military.”

Prior to the ASU football game Saturday, Senior Airman Jennifer Bone will join the Ram Marching Band in the singing of the National Anthem. The colors will be presented by a joint services color guard. Then at halftime, the Black Rope Drill Team will perform.

Military Appreciation Day became an annual observance at Ram football games during the tenure of Jerry Vandergriff as head football coach. Vandergriff led ASU’s football program from 1982 until 2004. Military Appreciation Day is celebrated during the home game closest to Veterans Day each season.

Additional ASU events in conjunction with Veterans Day will include Air Force ROTC Detachment 847’s annual flag retreat and candlelight vigil beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the flagpoles in front of the Mayer Administration Building. Also, ASU President Rallo will host a reception for representatives from Goodfellow AFB and from a local organization of retired officers.