When the Tarleton Texans take the field at Memorial Stadium Saturday, they will do so in camouflaged jerseys in honor of the United States military. The jerseys, provided to the university team by the ROTC and the U.S. Army, will be unveiled at the game.
LTC Jason Vranes, U.S. Army, said the jerseys are only a small part of the events before the game to honor the numerous branches of the military. Tarleton has dedicated the game to veterans and current service members in honor of Veterans Day. Tarleton's ROTC Texan Battalion will participate in the pre-game festivities and has organized several military-themed events as part of the Texan Alley tailgate party, the school announced in a press release.
Displays of military equipment from Fort Hood will be on hand, including an Army Reserve H3 Hummer and other military trucks. The National Guard's Orange County chopper will also be displayed. The military personnel on hand will pass out T-shirts, mini footballs and other items to those in attendance.
The new jerseys will feature the words Duty, Honor and Courage in place of player names and will include camouflage with the purple and black. The game will also include a special halftime performance by The Sound and The Fury which will provide a salute to the veterans and all branches of the United States military.
Units will be attending the game from Fort Hood, Fort Worth Naval Air Station and the Warrior Transition Unit, among others. All military, past and present, and their families will be granted free admission to the game.
The tailgate will begin at 4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.