Packers, NFL honor nation's veterans

The Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field will be part of the league's observance of Veterans Day during games this weekend.<p>

Packers, NFL to honor Veterans Day Sunday's Packers-Vikings game in Green Bay will feature the University of Wisconsin marching band performing the Star-Spangled Banner, then a fly-over by four F-14 Tomcats. The jets, from NAS Oceana in Virginia, just returned from deployment in the Middle East and include the first female pilot to fly over Lambeau, Kristin Jungbluth.

A video salute to former NFL player Pat Tillman will be shown at Lambeau. Tillman left the Arizona Cardinals two years ago in order to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He was killed in action in Afghanistan in April. The video will feature a remembrance by Denver quarterback Jake Plummer, a teammate of Tillman's at Arizona State and with the Cardinals.

The league also plans a 30-second TV message that will be shown during all game telecasts. The message salutes military families and was produced in conjunction with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman, a former U.S. Marine, narrates the message.


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