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Seahawks Announce Salute to Service Activities for November 11
RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks announced today all the game day activities in recognition of Veterans Day during the Seahawks versus Jets game on November 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Touchdown City opens at 10 a.m. and gates open at 11 a.m.
The team will stage a 52,500 person card stunt presented by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Seahawks and the NFL. The card stunt will occur in conjunction with the national anthem. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they are in their seats in order to turn CenturyLink Field into an oversized U.S. flag and "thank you" card for veterans and active-duty military.
The national anthem will be performed by U.S. Navy musician third class Sarah Reasner followed by a C-17 Globemaster III flyover, courtesy of the 62nd Air Wing from Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Scheduled to raise the 12th MAN Flag is Ferndale native and WWII veteran Joe Moser. Moser was a P-38 fighter pilot who was shot down during his 44th mission over France. He was imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald and scheduled to be executed. Joe's story is featured in an award winning documentary the 'Lost Airmen of Buchenwald' and in the book 'A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald'.
Erin M. Schaefer, SGT. Retired U.S. Army and Wounded Warrior, will lead the team out of the Seahawks tunnel. SGT. Schaefer, a double amputee, received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Afghanistan on April 28, 2010 during his fourth tour. Schaefer has 11 years active duty with the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.
During halftime, the Washington Army National Guard will preside over a 10 soldier re-enlistment ceremony from Camp Murray followed by a patriotic themed performance from the Sea Gals.
Other military appreciation elements include: ribbon lapel pins, Gatorade towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves, captain's patches, camouflage ribbon footballs and helmet decals honoring military branches. The pre-game coin toss will feature a special "military challenge coin" designed by USAA and the NFL. Game used items will be collected following Salute to Service games and auctioned on NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction), with 100% of net proceeds donated to the league's three core military non profit partners.
Volunteers will be stationed at all gates to collect second hand or gently used cell phones in partnership with the non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. Cell Phones for Soldiers receive $5 for every donated phone which is utilized to purchase pre-paid international calling cards and distributed to service men and women stationed around the world.
Following the game, Coca-Cola will distribute 12 oz cans of Coke Zero in recognition of their long partnership with the USO.
Fans are invited to visit www.usaa.com/nfl to download photos to share with and thank veterans and service members. In addition, USAA and the NFL encourage fans to visit www.millionfansalute.com to create a digital salute honoring past and present members of the U.S. military on behalf of their favorite NFL team through Nov. 26, 2012. Saluting is as simple as a few clicks, and the three cities with the most salutes will earn rewards for their local military community from USAA.