Auburn graduate Drew “Snapper” Lehman will be flying one of four F-16 fighter jets over Jordan-Hare Stadium at the next home game when the Tigers take on Texas A&M. One of the other jets will be piloted by A&M grad, Mike “Midnight” Rose.
The season’s first fly over will be one of several activities sponsored by Auburn University on Military Appreciation Day October 27th. The usual fly over consist of one or two jets but this special occasion will see four F-16′s in the pre game festivities.
The school’s official news release states that Auburn is hosting the day, “To honor the men and women who serve and have served this great nation in military service.”
Some of the various military-themed events sponsored by The University include:
- The U.S. Special Operations Para-Commandos Parachute Demonstration Team will perform a 12,500’ free fall parachute demonstration during halftime.
- Auburn ROTC will lead the Auburn football team through Tiger Walk at approximately 4 p.m.
- Joining the team captains during the coin toss will be four Wounded Warriors representing both Auburn and Texas A&M.
- The coin toss will use a limited edition infantry coin from the National Infantry Museum, located in Columbus, Ga.
- IMG College has partnered with Dixie Division Military Vehicles Club to bring in military display vehicles which will be presented at the Dawson Lawn, across from the Coca-Cola FanFest and the quad in front of the Auburn Arena including vehicles from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam.
- Coca-Cola has produced 3,500 Auburn Military Appreciation buttons which will be distributed at the Coca-Cola FanFest on Nichols Lawn beginning at 2 p.m.
- The Auburn University Marching Band will present a special halftime military tribute.
- The Auburn football team will be wearing special helmet decals for Saturday’s game, and the coaching staff will adorn that same decal on the sleeve of their gameday shirts.
- Auburn military-themed merchandise by Under Amour will be on sale, with ten percent of the sales going to The Boot Campaign. You can click here to view the gear available online.
In addition, Auburn Athletics has partnered with Gameday for Heroes to distribute tickets to active military and veterans to attend the Oct. 27 game.
Fans can join in on the cause by purchasing tickets to donate or donating unused tickets to Gameday for Heroes. To learn more about donation, click here.
And those four jet pilots to perform the flyover? They all come from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina as part of the 157th Fighter Squadron – “The Swamp Foxes”
As a veteran and the son of a retired solider who fought in the South Pacific during World War II, it makes me proud that “our university” will be honoring our military.
I want to say thanks to Auburn, thanks to Gameday for Heroes, and especially thanks to our military. God Bless Auburn and …
God Bless the USA!
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