Cards’ Annual Military Appreciation Game on Nov. 12 will unveil POW/MIA Chair of Honor and debut new adidas “Young Patriot” Uniforms
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville and adidas today unveiled the ‘Young Patriot’ pack, featuring the Primeknit alternate football uniform and the adizero 5-Star 6.0 x KEVLAR® and FREAK x KEVLAR® cleats. The special edition pack pays homage to the nation’s active duty members and veterans, while creating a bold alternate look for the Cardinals for their game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
The game serves as Louisville’s annual Military Appreciation Game salute to honor those who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. Over 1,500 tickets have been generously donated by BAE Systems of Louisville and Humana to distribute to active duty soldiers, Veterans, and their families.
During the game, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will dedicate an unoccupied chair that is to remain perpetually empty. The Chair of Honor will pay tribute to the more than 91,000 service members who are POW and MIA since World War I – including current POWs.
The Chair of Honor, which will be permanently installed on the east terrace, will be accompanied by a plaque that reads: “This unoccupied chair honors those who are Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA) and symbolizes there will always be a place in this stadium awaiting their return. You will never be forgotten. Dedicated November 2016 by the University of Louisville Cardinals.”
The chair symbolizes that those still listed as Prisoner of War or Missing in Action will always have a seat awaiting them at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium when they return home.
Other Military Appreciation Game tributes will include a special welcome to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, in-game recognition of UofL student veterans (current students at UofL who have or are currently serving), and fan interactions with the Kentucky National Guard display vehicles in Bud Light StreetFest. Additional activities throughout the game will be conducted.
League Board Member, Cindy Stonebraker, presenting the POW/MIA flag to local businesses. The first is to the Kentucky New Era Media group, who print six different papers to include the Ft. Campbell Courier and The Eagle Post. Pictured are the Editor Taylor Hayes and Vice President Sheryl Ellis.
Next is to the New Hopkinsville Brewery, which is Veteran owned.
Also a flag was presented to Murph’s Country Music Barn, in Cedar Hill Tennessee.
From Tommy Clack, President/Chairman of the Board WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial
9/10/16 POW/MIA Program, at our WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial, we and the GA Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club provided the community with the opportunity to participate in a public POW/MIA Ceremony. Col. Wayne Waddell (Former Vietnam War POW) introduced our Key Note Speaker, Ms. JoAnne Shirley.
Additionally, we dedicated a 14″ x 18″ Bronze Plaque to honor JoAnne and Rudy Shirley and Christine Jones for their multi-decade of involvement in the POW/MIA Issue.
You can see more at:
WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial www.walkofheroes.org
League Family Member and Former League Board Member, Colleen Shine.