"Clemson has a proud military tradition that dates back 117 years, and more than 10,000 Clemson alumni have served in the Armed Forces," said Col. Danny Rhodes, U.S. Army (retired) and chairman of the Clemson Corps. "We must pay tribute to these dedicated Americans and all those who have served in the defense of this great country. This tribute on Veterans Day will allow us to honor the contributions and sacrifices of all service men and women."
The festivities will recognize veterans of all the wars, as
well as current soldiers and fallen soldiers from North Carolina and
South Carolina. Veterans will be recognized during halftime
activities of the Clemson-N.C. State football game. Prior to the
game, at 10 a.m., there will be a Veterans Day ceremony at the
Military Heritage Plaza on Bowman Field. At 11 a.m., military
veterans, active military, Reserve and National Guard members will
join the Tiger Band at the campus outdoor amphitheater for a concert
90 minutes before kick-off. The group then will walk down the hill to
The day's activities also will include a military equipment
display, featuring Apache and Blackhawk helicopters, on Bowman Field,
beginning at 9 a.m.
Military Appreciation Day commemorative T-shirts are
available in various Clemson shops for fans to purchase and wear
Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Clemson University
Air Force and Army ROTC programs.
During the pregame ceremonies, former Clemson athletes Ryan
Hub (baseball) and Will Rogers (swimming) will run down the hill
prior to the Clemson football team's entrance.
Both former Clemson
athletes are currently serving in the United States armed forces.
The invocation on Saturday will be given by Ret. Col. Bill
Austin, a Clemson graduate who was a Vietnam POW. There will be an
F-176 Flyover from Shaw Air Force Base during the national anthem.
Additionally, former Vietnam POW Bob Fant, a former Clemson football
manager, will make the ceremonial coin toss.
Military Appreciation Day to Honor Veterans
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