With Veterans Day coming up on November 11, the Vikings are utilizing pregame and in-game stadium elements to honor all service members past and present with a Salute to the Military-themed game presentation. Here are just a few of the elements…
National Anthem – The 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division Band will perform the National Anthem before today’s game. They are stationed in Rosemount, MN and feature talented musicians that are trained as both performers and Soldiers. They play a varied repertoire of music for Minnesota National Guard ceremonies and events.
Hometown Hero – The Vikings feature a hometown hero at every game and today’s hometown hero is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber. LTC Weber has been in an Army uniform since the age of 14 and over the years he’s learned to fight battles in other countries. But the battle that’s closest to his home for him is his current fight against pancreatic cancer.
Color Guard – The color guard for today’s game is the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe AMVETS Post 53 Color Guard. The men and women in this group are the ceremonial guards reminding us of good citizenship and honor for those who have served our country.
Honorary Captain – Patrick Nelson was selected as the NFL Tillman Scholarship Award winner and will serve as today’s honorary captain. Nelson is enrolled at Minnesota State University where he is a double major in history and sports management, with a minor in athletic coaching, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and volunteering as a mentor in the YMCA Big Brother program.
Halftime Entertainment – A special Minnesota Vikings Salute to the Military presentation will be performed by the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” band.
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