SPOKANE, Wash. – As part of the Whitworth University Veteran's Day celebrations, Saturday's Pirate football game against Linfield College will feature a Military Appreciation theme.
All active duty military and veterans, along with direct family members, will be admitted to the Whitworth Pine Bowl free with I.D. Game time is 12:30 pm.
"We are humbled to be able to stand together with our veterans and active duty military as a way to say thank you and recognize the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make, for our country," said Tim Demant, Whitworth's Director of Athletics.
Highlights of the day will include the display of a Washington Army National Guard LUH-72 Lakota helicopter parked just outside the Pine Bowl near the shot put pit.
The Fairchild AFB Color Guard will present the colors for the national anthem. In addition, Walker Construction has provided a 40' by 80' United States flag, which will be displayed on the field by the Bulldog Battalion, the combined Gonzaga/Whitworth group of ROTC cadets. David Baird, the director of the Spokane Veterans Center and an adjunct Whitworth professor, will perform the Star Spangled Banner. Finally, the 36th Rescue Squadron from Fairchild will conclude the national anthem with a Bell UH-1N Huey flyover.
Colonel Derek M Salmi, Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB, will be on hand to handle the pregame coin flip. At halftime, Col. Salmi and Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will officiate a Coining Ceremony for Whitworth's military members and veterans.
Spokane-area Dairy Queens have donated coupons for free ice cream for all military-related attendees at the game.
In January of 2019 Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Spouse, recognized Whitworth University with a 2019-20 Military Friendly® School designation, marking the third consecutive year Whitworth received this distinction.
Whitworth (5-2 overall, 4-1 NWC) meets 18th-ranked Linfield (6-1, 5-0) on Saturday in a game that should determine first place in the Northwest Conference standings. SWX television will broadcast the game regionally.