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RENTON, Wash. - In honor of Veteran's Day, the Seattle Seahawks have planned a variety of game day activities during the Seahawks game versus the Baltimore Ravens game on November 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Touchdown City opens at 10 a.m. and gates open at 11 a.m. For tickets, visit www.Seahawks.com/tickets. The game day sponsor is Washington's Lottery.
Washington's Lottery, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), launched the Hometown Heroes Raffle on Labor Day with proceeds to support important programs for Washington's veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts. The last day to buy a $10 Hometown Heroes raffle ticket is November 10.
The team, in conjunction with USAA (Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL), will stage a 52,500 person card in conjunction with the national anthem. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they're in their seats in order to turn CenturyLink Field into an oversize U.S. flag and "thank you" card for veterans and active-duty military.
The national anthem will be performed by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson who was recently featured on television's "Ellen". Johnson is part of the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, and Air National Guard.
A flyover by a C-17, courtesy of the 446th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve from Joint Base Lewis McChord, will take place immediately following the National Anthem, weather permitting.
Scheduled to raise the 12th MAN Flag is George Hickman, one of the six known living Tuskegee Airmen who calls Seattle home. The Tuskegee Airmen were the country's first black military pilots and ground crew who fought in World War II. In 2007, Hickman and other living members of the Tuskegee men received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor from the U.S. Congress. George, now 87 years-old, also serves on the Seahawks game day staff.
The Seahawks and the NFL has a long history of supporting America's armed services, including a long-term partnership with the USO that includes overseas visits to troops and trips to military hospitals nationwide.