Illini to Honor Military at Saturday's Football Game
Nov. 6, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In recognition of Veteran's Day, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) and the Fighting Illini football team will be honoring our military with a plethora of special events at Saturday's game against Minnesota. The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT at historic Memorial Stadium, which was built in 1923 as a memorial to Illinois men and women who gave their lives for their country during World War I.
Nov. 10 Illinois Football Honor Our Military Events:
In addition, a pair of decorated officers with ties to the area and the University will be recognized in-game:
Chief Master Sergeant Mark S. Salyards, from Gibson City, Ill., is retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service. He is currently the superintendent for the 309th Missile Maintenance Group, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and oversees maintenance activities that support three missile wings. A flag will be flown during the game in honor of his 30 years of service with the United States Air Force. This flag will be cased and presented to him during his retirement ceremony in March along with a certificate explaining where it has been flown in his honor. To date, the flag already has been flown at the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C., at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, The Utah Test and Training Range in western Utah, and on an F-16, F-22, and C-130 during test flights from Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Serving as our Celebrity Alma Mater at halftime on Saturday will be Vice Admiral Alfred Harms, a 1971 Illinois graduate and retired Naval officer who concluded his 33 years of distinguished Naval career as chief learning officer for the U.S. Navy. He is currently Vice President for Strategy, Marketing, Communications, and Admissions at the University of Central Florida.
Saturday's game will also be Dad's Day at Memorial Stadium. For more information on Dad's Weekend on campus, including a full schedule, click HERE.
For football game day information, visit the Illinois Gameday Central website. For additional details on Honor Our Military Day or other Fighting Illini promotions, contact Jennifer Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-8221.