By Melanie Yuill, Multimedia Journalist
Friday night is football night for High Schools across Michiana. But for one school their game was about much more than the pigskin. Fairfield High School hosted a “hometown heroes” event for their game against Culver Military Academy.
Most sporting events begin with the National Anthem. Friday night’s Fairfield versus Culver Military Academy game started with much more. Lutheran Air did a fly by, landed on the field, and presented the game ball. But only after a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps. And when the players ran through the tunnel, the seniors were carrying flags that represented different branches of our military.
During it all the players wore National Guard jerseys. It was a welcome sight to veterans participating in the events. “This is something that’s hard to find in this country today and we’re just tickled to death that this community’s willing to be a part of it and ask us to be here,” said Veteran Roger Bayak. He said he’d like to see this more often, “I think it needs to happen at every football game. High School or whatever.”
Victor Hagar, the dad of a senior football player, organized all of this. His dad served in the military and he said they had to go big because there’s no small scale when it comes to honoring our troops. “If you’re gonna do it you better do it right and this by far with all the participation is doing it right.”
Fairfield High School and Culver Military Academy spent the last few months fundraising to support out troops. The thousands of dollars they raised will go to Indiana Guard Relief Fund and Wish For Our Heroes.
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