University of Idaho to Celebrate Military Appreciation Day and POW/MIA Day

Wednesday, August 28 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will salute and thank former and current military personnel during the first Vandal football home game on Saturday, Sept. 14 for Military Appreciation Day and POW/MIA Day.

Events for the day begin with a ceremony to remember those missing or still held captive by U.S. enemies at 9:30 a.m. on the Administration Building lawn. UI and Washington State University combined ROTCs will join area veterans groups for the POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony. A reception will follow.

“National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a time when we as a nation pause and reflect on the sacrifices of our prisoners of war and missing in action and pay solemn tribute to them, as well as to their families. We do this to ensure they understand our commitment as fellow citizens to never forget them and the continuing sacrifices, suffering, and burden they bear forever. This is a promise to them, as well as to all those who continue to serve,” said Dan Button, University of Idaho veterans adviser.

Military Appreciation Day activities will continue at 11 a.m. on the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center’s north field. A wide range of military equipment and assets will be on display, as well as a climbing wall, children’s activities, Veterans’ Services information and free Pepsi provided by Z-Fun 106.1 FM.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of honoring and thanking our local military veterans, active duty, Guard, reserve and their families with our Military Appreciation Day events. This is an important and fun way for us to recognize the service and sacrifices of these patriots,” said Button.

To wrap up the day’s events, the Idaho Vandal football team will take on Northern Illinois University at 2 p.m., where veterans will participate in the coin toss.

To make the day a success in honoring current and former military personnel and highlight this year’s theme, “continuing to care,” the UI ticket office is asking Vandal fans to help provide free game tickets for area veterans and those currently serving. Tickets are offered at a discounted price of $12.

"Fans can purchase tickets that will be donated to area military members by typing in the code "MILITARY" in the Group Sales section of the NIU game online. They can also call or stop by in person to donate tickets to the cause as well," said Nick Jutila, UI Ticket sales manager.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.GoVandals.com using the promo code MILITARY or by phone at (208) 885-6466.

Military Appreciation Day is sponsored by the University of Idaho and Washington State University ROTC units, Vandal Athletics, Operation Education, James F. Amos Veterans Center, University of Idaho President’s Office, Inland Northwest Broadcasting, Pepsi, KLEW-TV, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and other community partners.
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