Illini to Honor Military at Saturday's Football Game

The Illini will honor the Military at Saturday's game against Minnesota.
The Illini will honor the Military at Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Nov. 6, 2012

Illinois-Minnesota Game Notes | Gameday Central

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:
• American flags will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans entering the stadium
• Video shout-outs and pictures of Illinoisans currently serving will be displayed on the video board
• Tri-service color guard will present colors
• Marching Illini will have a special military tribute for their halftime show
• Flag pins will be distributed to all veteran staff working the game
• In-game features will include a number of special military recognitions and feature videos
•The Illinois coaching staff will be wearing camouflage hats on the sideline
• Illini players will have camouflage t-shirts during warm-ups

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 or 217-333-8221.