Military Appreciation Day has Special Meaning for Wolff
Sept. 19, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
Saturday's game against The Citadel will be NC State's annual Military Appreciation Day at Carter-Finley Stadium. This special game has become a favorite for Wolfpack fans over the past several years, as the Pack goes all out to honor and thank those who serve our country in the armed forces.
Coach O'Brien, a former Marine himself, understands the importance of NC State hosting its annual Military Appreciation Day.
"With all the men and women, especially in our state, there's a lot of people with connections to people in the military and we can't thank the men and women, or do enough for the men and women, that put themselves in harms way for us each and every day," said O'Brien.
"There will be collections at the gates for people who want to donate things that go into the home boxes that they pack and send over to the troops, or you can make a monetary donation. Our fans have always been great and supportive of the military and the children we need to help out."
A variety of events are planned for the contest:
Wolfpack Club members are hosting 100 military personnel at their tailgates and athletics is providing them with tickets.
Coke is sponsoring a pregame tailgate for the Wounded Warriors
The Fanzone will feature many military themed activities as well as a Navy Rock Band
At 5 p.m., there will be a REAL Walk of Champions, as the Wounded Warriors enter at the North Gates
A C130 flyover
General Raymond T. Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff for the United State Army will perform the coin toss. He will also speak to the football team earlier in the day on Saturday.
Wounded Warriors, ROTC members, and all current and former military in attendance will be honored
An Army re-enlistment ceremony will take place on the field
Videoboard "shoutouts" from military personnel overseas
Military Tribute by NC State Marching Band and special bagpipers
Full-field sized Flag presented by Coca Cola
Back Home Box will be collecting items to send to the troops at all the gates on Saturday. For a list of what they are collecting visit: http://www.backhomebox.org/images/whattoshopfor.pdf.