As part of the NFL’s Salute To Service initiative, the Vikings will incorporate several pregame, in-game and halftime military-themed elements into their game presentation for this Sunday’s contest against the Oakland Raiders at Mall of America Field.
Jared Allen has teamed with Paul Jr. Designs to help raise money for Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors (JAH4WW). Paul Jr. is the star of the popular reality show American Choppers, and founded a custom motorcycle business upstate New York, Paul Jr. Designs. He has created an Army-themed motorcycle that will lead the Vikings out of the tunnel on Sunday.
Here is a list of other elements the Vikings will incorporate into this Sunday’s game presentation format to salute the men and women – and their families – who sacraficed so much to defend, earn and preserve our freedome.
– Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls Band – pregame and halftime performances along with the National Anthem.
— Iowa National Guard (Red Bulls) Return Ceremony (recently returned from Afghanistan) – halftime.
— Stan “Crusher” Kowalski sounds the Gjallarhorn – decorated WWII veteran and Professional Wrestling pioneer.
— Hometown Hero – Sergeant Major Cindy Kallberg: the first female enlisted advisor of the Minnesota National Guard.
— Honorary Captain – Staff Sergeant Katheryn Morrill of the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will accompany team captains to mid-field for the coin toss just before kickoff. Staff Sergeant Morrill, from Le Sueur, was selected as the “National Outstanding Airman of the Year” for the Air National Guard.
— Cheerleaders will be wearing military themed outfits in the 2nd half.
— The tunnel will be extended with cheerleaders and National Guard members standing side by side for player intros and nat’l anthem.
— Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund representatives will present two Purple Heart Recipients with grants on-field pregame.
— Season Ticket Owners who are veterans or current soldiers will hold the Norseman flag at midfield during player intros.
— Minnesota National Guard Display outside Gate H will include a Howitzer.
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