The Green Bay Packers, along with Oshkosh Defense and the Wisconsin National Guard, will mark Veteran’s Day and honor America’s military at Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The “Military Appreciation Game” will salute veterans and active members in a variety of ways, including a halftime culmination when more than 100 members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 951st “Sapper” Engineer Company are recognized on the field. The unit, from the Tomahawk and Rhinelander areas, returned this past summer from a deployment in Afghanistan. The family of Sgt. Ryan Adams, who was killed in action, also will be recognized.
“The Packers, along with our fans, are looking forward to honoring our Veterans and current men and women in uniform at Sunday night’s game,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.
“Our sole mission at Oshkosh Defense is to support the members of the armed forces who put everything on the line as they serve their country,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “This is an opportunity for us to join the Packers, the Wisconsin National Guard and tens of thousands of fans in recognizing of our nation’s most-deserving heroes.”
Also included in the recognition will be the Honorable Joseph Westphal, Under Secretary of the U.S. Army; Brig. Gen. Don Dunbar, the Adjutant General of Wisconsin and the state’s senior military officer; Mark Anderson, the Commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard; and Col. Martin Schweitzer, the deputy commander of operations, 82nd Airborne Division.
Pregame activities will feature a signature wall in the Lambeau Field Atrium for game attendees to sign. For each signature, Oshkosh Defense will donate $2 to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
Also, an Oshkosh Defense M-ATV will be on display in the parking lot in the fan walkway adjacent to the Tundra Tailgate Zone, along with the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s NASCAR race car. The National Guard will also have an interactive football toss and obstacle course available for all fans.
Inside the stadium, TundraVision will broadcast a special rendition of the national anthem, performed by Wisconsin National Guard soldiers who are on deployment overseas. Oshkosh Defense and the Wisconsin National Guard will be providing the fan giveaway in the stadium, an American flag. Additionally, Sunday’s Operation Fan Mail honoree is in a special category as the first World War II veteran to receive the recognition: Jim “Maggie” Megellas, a 93-year-old Fond du Lac native.
Fans are encouraged to experience the evening’s different activities and join in the salute to American’s service men and women and their families.