Coyote football honors service members during Military Appreciation Day

Coyote football honors service members during Military Appreciation Day �? �? �?  Military personnel and their families were honored during Military Appreciation Day at USDâ�?�?s home football game vs. Southern Oregon on Nov. 8.�? �?  �? �? �?  Several activities honoring the military were held at Saturdayâ�?�?s game, which begins with a 2 p.m including the distribution of free mini flags to the first 4,000 fans and free camouflage face paint. Fans were also given the opportunity to purchase special edition camouflaged-designed â�?�?Game Dayâ�? T-shirts at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the USD campus and the Dakota Textbook Company, which is located at 440 E. Cherry St. in Vermillion. The T-shirts were made possible through the efforts of The University of South Dakota, The Licensing Resource Group, Inc., and GEAR FOR SPORTS. A portion of the proceeds from the T-shirts will be donated to the USD Veterans Club. �? �? �?  â�?�?This is a unique opportunity for students and fans of USD to show their support for military personnel and veterans who have given their time, their lives to our country,â�? said LeighAnn Dunn, president of the USD Veterans Club. â�?�?Itâ�?�?s also a great way for us to promote awareness of veterans and their families as we approach Veterans Day.â�? �? �? �?  Additional Military Appreciation Day activities included a military medley by the USD Marching Band, a halftime ceremony honoring service men and women, and the induction of Ed Meierkort, head football coach at USD, as an honorary member of the South Dakota National Guard. Military members were admitted for free, and their family members attending the game received a half price discount. The Community Blood Bank, official supplier of the VA hospital, was at the game taking blood donations. �? 

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