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Tarleton State University has numerous events planned for Veterans Day to show its appreciation to the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our country.

In honor of that service, Tarleton’s last home football game of the season on Nov. 7 is designated as a “military recognition” game. All current and former military personnel, and their immediate families, will receive free admittance with the presentation of valid proof of military service.

The game will include special patriotic performances by Tarleton’s Sound and Fury band and Texan Stars Dance Team, and the Tarleton cheerleaders will distribute red, white and blue miniature footballs. Members of Tarleton’s ROTC also will conduct a 21-gun salute at half time. 

The community is encouraged to come out and see these special performances as Tarleton takes on West Texas A&M University. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“Saturday’s game is very important for several reasons,” said Susan Burton, associate athletic director. “With a win, the Texans will claim the Lone Star Conference championship outright. A trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs is also on the line, and the more people we have at the game supporting the Texans, the better.”

The university also will recognize current and former service men and women on Nov. 11. The Faculty Brass Quintet will play patriotic music at the university bandstand from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. All are welcome to the performance, and refreshments will be served.

“Tarleton is definitely aware of how much our military service personnel do on behalf of each and every one of us and are sympathetic to what their families must go through,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Tarleton’s Veterans Affairs coordinator. “We want to give back by recognizing their service through events such as these. Over the coming months, many departments at Tarleton will also be involved in implementing policies and guidelines to assist our VA students with their transition to college life and accomplishing their goal of furthering their education.”