Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will be recognized by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance at Saturday's game vs. the Buffalo Bills for 'Operation Fan Mail.' Wisconsin National Guard members also were similarly saluted at the Packers-Browns game, Aug. 15.
The program, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2009 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular family should be saluted. Essays can be sent to: Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628. Essays also can be submitted on the Internet at www.packers.com/gameday/gamedaypromotions/operationfan_mail.
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.
Recognition of "USA Football Month" continues Saturday night as two youth football teams from Green Bay's Duck Creek Pop Warner football league will be on Lambeau Field in the north end zone during the national anthem and then will have the opportunity to play each other at halftime.
Last Saturday's game featured a similar visit from four youth teams out of the Journey House Football League of Milwaukee.