The Green Bay Packers’ Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings was dedicated to showing appreciation to the U.S. Military through a variety of activities in recognition of Veteran’s Day.
Upon entering Lambeau Field fans received an American flag, compliments of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Oshkosh Defense. Attendees also took part in an in-stadium USAA card stunt to thank veterans and current military for their service.
“At Oshkosh Defense, we are inspired by the brave men and women who serve and protect our nation,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We were honored to join the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin National Guard and football fans worldwide in thanking every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Guardsman for their service, commitment and sacrifice.”
The USO of Wisconsin stood by with Oshkosh Defense in the parking lot on Monday to accept phone cards for the military. People dropped off phone calling cards to the USO reps at the Oshkosh Defense M-ATV, or donated cash to be used to purchase cards for their “Operation Phone Home” efforts. People were encouraged to get international cards, which provides the most reliable service for the military members.
Other military-themed activities included at the game were a large on-field flag with stars representing all military branches during the national anthem, military shout-outs on TundraVision, and a halftime show featuring the Wisconsin National Guard 132nd Army Band and fireworks display.
The Packers and WPS also be recognized and welcomed home 1st Lieutenant Infantry Officer Kent Gavin through Operation Fan Mail on-field prior to the national anthem. Gavin will be accompanied by his fiancée and her parents.
The national anthem was performed by Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones.
Packers alumni Marco Rivera and Ken Stills were recognized prior to team introductions and were in the Packers Pro Shop on Sunday, Nov. 13 signing autographs. Rivera mingled with fans in the Tundra Tailgate Zone on gameday and Stills was in the Legends Club for suite and club seat ticket holders.
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“Thank You Veterans” National Anthem. Green Bay Packers verses the Minnesota Vikings. November 14, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI (ESPN MNF). Thank you Veterans!