Troy University to pay tribute to military during Saturday’s home football game

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Troy University will salute veterans and members of the military during Saturday’s Military Appreciation football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Since 2000, the University has designated one home football game each year to honor both current and past members of the Armed Forces. On Saturday, the Trojans will play host to the Akron Zips with kickoff set for 5 p.m.

Members of the military with ID receive free admission, but tickets must be obtained in advance through their base Public Affairs Office or the TROY ticket office. Friends and family can purchase discounted tickets prior to game day for only $8. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling 334-670-3680 or by visiting

Leading up to kick off, TROY’s Sound of the South Marching Band will perform The National Anthem, followed by “America The Beautiful,” while a large American Flag will cover the full length of the football field and two F-16 fighter jets from the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard, based at Montgomery’s Dannelly Field, will perform a flyover.

Between the first and second quarters of the game, the Sound of the South will perform the introduction of the service song of each branch, and members or veterans of each branch will be invited to stand and be honored during the playing of their service song.

Patriotic themed t-shirts featuring the stars and stripes of the American flag inside the Troy power T logo are on sale and available for purchase at Barnes & Noble.

During the game the Troy Trojan football team will wear the patriotic power T logo on their helmet and members of the team will run out onto the field pre game holding flags from each military service branch.