Throughout November, the NFL honors Veterans Day with 32 ‘salute to service’ games across the league. For every point scored during one of these games the NFL donates $100 to the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The league donated around $800,000 during it’s first year of the program last year.
On November 17th, I was in attendance for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Salute to Service game agains the Washington Redskins.
The game began with five military members leading the team onto the field while holding their branch’s flag. The national Anthem was sung by Generald Wilson, a retired Navy officer. The Marines Silent Drill Platoon put on an amazing half time show, along with many recognitions and dedications throughout the game.
Philadelphia is known for their tough and passionate fans, this event was special to me for obvious reasons; yet it touched me due to the amount of respect that was shown for those being honored on this day. No matter the circumstance, American’s are always proud and grateful for everything our Service women and men do for us. It was amazing to see a city come together and appreciate what our country has.
The Eagles beat the Redskins 24-16, putting the donations just above $4,000.