Oct. 20, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Military Appreciation Day as presented by the United States Marine Corps Officers Program will be celebrated at the Clemson vs. N.C. State football game on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
On Saturday, November 6, the Clemson University Athletic Department will recognize and honor our fallen soldiers, veterans and current military personnel serving in our armed forces during pre-game and halftime ceremonies of the Clemson vs. N.C. State football game. Kickoff time is yet to be determined.
Bowman Field will have various military displays on site beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Pre-game Concert and Parade: All fans, veterans and current soldiers from both schools are invited to a pre-game concert in the amphitheater located in front of Cooper Library. Performing will be:
The Upstate Pipe Band – two hours prior to kickoff Clemson University Tiger Band – 90 minutes prior to kickoff
Veterans and current soldiers can participate in a parade to the stadium through the Clemson campus. Parade line-up is 75 minutes prior to kickoff outside the Holmes and McCabe dormitories located on Fort Hill Street. The parade will begin one hour prior to kickoff and end at the tunnel of Littlejohn Coliseum.
United State Marine Corps Color Guard Riderless Horse The Upstate Pipe Band NCSU Army and Air Force ROTC NCSU Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers Pershing Rifles Color Guard Clemson Corps banner CU Army, Air Force ROTC, CU Marine Officers Candidates Tiger Platoon Color Guard Senior Platoon banner CU Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers Cheerleaders and Mascot Tiger Band
Pre-game festivities: TIME (on pre-game clock) 22:00 – Clemson Band Military Pre-Game Salute – Dotting the “i” – Cadet Commanders from the Army and Air Force ROTC and one student from the Marines Officers Training Program – Presentation of colors by the United States Marine Color Guard – God Bless America – National Anthem – Flyover by four F-16’s from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC – Invocation – Pledge of Allegiance – Eye of The Tiger 3:00 – Run Down “The Hill” – Coin Toss by members of the S.C. Army National Guard
The South Carolina National Guard has designed the coin that will be used in the pre-game coin toss. The commemorative coin honors all the soldiers killed in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
End of first quarter: Members of the United States Marine Corps Officer Programs attending Clemson University will be introduced from the East Endzone.
Halftime festivities: All veterans and current soldiers from both schools are invited to participate in halftime ceremonies by gathering in the West Endzone with five (5) minutes remaining in the second quarter by using Portal W & X.
Halftime ceremonies will feature: the parade of veterans and current soldiers onto the field, the introduction of families of fallen soldiers from the State of South Carolina, the placement of a wreath, helmet and boots to signify the fallen soldier, a 21 gun salute by the Clemson University Company-C-4 Pershing Rifles and the playing of “Taps” by the Clemson University Tiger Band.
End of the third quarter: Soldiers from the Hometown Marines Program will be introduced from the East Endzone.
Commemorative t-shirt on sale: Clemson fans have the opportunity to take part by purchasing this year’s Military Appreciation Day t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go towards the Army and Air Force ROTC programs at Clemson University.
To Purchase t-shirts In Clemson & Greenville, SC: Clemson University’s Official Athletic Department Website – ClemsonTigers.com Tiger Town Graphics – www.tigertowngraphics.com, (864) 654-1365 The Athletic Department – www.tigersports.com, (864) 654-1719 Tiger Sports Shop – www.tigersports.com, (864) 654-1719 Mr. Knickerbocker’s – www.mrknickerbocker.com, (864) 654-4203 Judge Keller’s Store – Phone orders accepted, (864) 654-6446 Clemson BI-LO – (864) 653-7113
“Scroll of Honor” Posters: 5,000 – 11″x11″ “Scroll of Honor” posters will be distributed to the Clemson University dormitory rooms prior to the N.C. State game. The posters list the 478 Clemson men who have made the ultimate sacrifice during all wars. The lone Star on the front of the poster is in honor of these Clemson heroes.
During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the Military Service of the United States. As the war progressed and men were killed in combat, others wounded and died of their wounds or disease, there came about the accepted usage of the Gold Star.
The Gold Star was substituted and superimposed upon the blue Star in such a manner as to entirely cover it. The idea of the Gold Star was that the honor and glory accorded the person for his supreme sacrifice in offering for his country, the last full measure of devotion and pride of the family in this sacrifice, rather than the sense of personal loss which would be represented by the mourning symbols.
Military Appreciation Day Street Banners: Street banners will be displayed in downtown Clemson to commemorate Military Appreciation Day.
Tickets: Tickets for the Clemson vs. N.C. State football game can be purchased on-line at ClemsonTigers.com, by phone at 1-800-CLEMSON or in person at the Clemson Athletic Ticket Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Military families can order tickets to the N.C. State game at ClemsonTigers.com as follows:
– Visit ClemsonTigers.com – In the Tickets drop-down menu, click Group Ticket Window – Use sign-in ID: military and password: tigers – Tickets are $24.00 each
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