Military honored with Crusader victory

The Cru dedicated their last home football game of the season to the military.

Active duty members and their families received wrist bands, free food and admission to the Nov. 8 game against East Texas Baptist University. The Cru won 65-10.

Pierce Thedford, #35, looks on as the flags are carried to midfield. Antonio Hebert/The Bells

Pierce Thedford, #35, looks on as the flags are carried to midfield. Antonio Hebert/The Bells

In honor of the guests, the university’s ROTC program presented the colors as the Black Shirt Spirit Band performed the national anthem.

At halftime, the Sader Belles joined the ensemble to put on a show that paid tribute to the brave and wowed spectators who applauded loudly.

Junior pre-physical therapy major Holly Millican attended the Nov. 8 event. She’s been  and active member in the ROTC program for the past four semesters.

“I enjoyed representing ROTC at the Military Appreciation Day. UMHB recognized the military and service members who attended the game as well as the ROTC Color Guard. My role was to represent the Army and … ROTC by attending the game in uniform and receiving thanks from civilians at the game,” she said.

ROTC members serve as the color guard. Antonio Hebert/The Bells.

ROTC members serve as the color guard. Antonio Hebert/The Bells.

Millican believes it’s necessary to take time to honor those who serve because, “soldiers sacrifice their time on a daily basis to defend our country and give each and every one of us freedom.”

Another student who has been a part of ROTC since 2011, junior economics major Gabriel Martinez, who is originally from Puerto Rico, believes Americans should recognize the sacrifices soldiers make.

“My favorite aspect of Military Appreciation Day is the total recognition of our hard-working Americans dedicating a lifestyle to serve our country,” he said. “Only one percent of the United States (population) serves in the military, so I think it’s very important for us as citizens of this nation to honor the brave men and women.”

Junior music major Lantz Crosthwait is a trombonist in the Black Shirt Spirit Band. He thought it was a privilege to be involved in the event.

A banner outside Crusader Stadium honors the 4th Sustainment Brigade based at Fort Hood. Jake Stamps/The Bells

A banner outside Crusader Stadium honors the 4th Sustainment Brigade based at Fort Hood. Jake Stamps/The Bells

He said, “It was an honor to recognize all those who served and be a part of a university that appreciates our troops.”

Author: Antonio Hebert

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