Military Appreciation Day is set for Saturday
Sept. 25, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - In addition to welcoming members of all five branches of the United States Armed Forces to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday for Military Appreciation Day, East Carolina fans will also be able to participate in the patriotic festivities with American flags, enjoy a game ball delivery by a professional skydiving team and get a close look at NASCAR vehicles.
The Pirates will host long-time rival Southern Miss for a Conference USA clash beginning at 12 noon in what is currently scheduled as the Golden Eagles' last visit to Greenville.
As of Wednesday, through the generosity of the Pirate Nation and sponsor Furniture Distributors, ECU is also in a position to salute over 6,000 servicemen, servicewomen and their families from regional bases in eastern North Carolina in person through its annual "Ticket For Troops" campaign. Fans can still donate tickets, which are priced at just $20 each, by visiting the donation link at ECUPirates.com, calling (252) 737-4500 or designating their purchase at the box office on game day
Approximately 30,000 mini-American flags will be distributed upon entry at stadium gates by ECU's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), while Team Fastrax, a world-renowned skydiving team, will help get the contest started with a three-man parachute jump that will deliver the game ball to Bagwell Field at 11:40 a.m. The trio, which consists of two former U.S. Marines and one former Army infantryman, will contribute to the day's Red, White and Blue spirit by featuring flags during their descent into the stadium.
Prior to the game, fans can get an up-close look at various military displays and vehicles that will be located adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and nearby parking areas. Included in the lineup will be military-sponsored NASCAR racing models.