Texas Football honors Veterans Day
Nov. 6, 2012
This week, The University of Texas is honoring all those who have served in the United States Military by holding a number of events recognizing Veterans Day. Specifically, Texas Football's Saturday contest against Iowa State is the Longhorns' Veterans Recognition Day at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
However, the first event saluting U.S. servicemen is a ceremonial wreath laying at Frank Denius Veterans Plaza on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. The Frank Denius Veterans Plaza is located at the northwest corner of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Events will continue on Saturday, Nov. 10, when UT fans will also be able to salute past and present military men and women before the Texas Longhorns host the Iowa State Cyclones.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium to partake in pregame festivities. This special day will begin with the Army's 82nd Airborne All-American Free Fall Demonstration team skydiving onto the Joe Jamail Field to present the American flag, the State of Texas flag, the Longhorn flag and the game ball.
A group of five cadets from the Air Force ROTC will sing the national anthem.
Then, the 39th Flying Training Squadron from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio will perform a four-jet flyover just prior to kickoff.
The pregame activities will conclude with the appearance of former Longhorns place-kicker Phil Dawson and quarterback Colt McCoy. They will join U.S. Navy Lieutenant Michael E. Thornton, a Medal of Honor recipient, and U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Eickmann, a UT ROTC graduate, as honorary captains for the game.
"We'll have a flyover with four jets, which will be exciting before the game," UT head coach Mack Brown said. "It's an 11 a.m. game, so we need the crowd to be there early and honor our honorary captains for the military, and two of our greatest players in Phil Dawson and Colt McCoy."
Finally, The University of Texas Longhorn Band, the Showband of the Southwest, will perform a special halftime show honoring all branches of the military.
Fans are also invited to participate in the Stadium Stampede at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Starting on the corner of Robert Dedman Drive and 23rd St., fans will be able to welcome Texas football players as they arrive to DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and prepare to take on Iowa State. Kickoff is at 11:07 a.m.