IC to honor veterans at Saturday football game

By Gary Scott on November 10, 2017 at 7:26am

There are many Veterans Day Activities in the area to participate in this weekend, and now a local college is using its  platform to add another event.

Illinois College hosts Macalester College on the gridiron Saturday, and school officials are using the occasion to honor veterans from the area. Illinois College Director of Events Katie Carls says all veterans are invited.

“We have invited the Illinois College alums that are veterans in the local area, and really just any veterans in the surrounding community and any additional students or faculty that are active or former members of the military. Basically we’re just inviting them all to participate in our celebration of Veterans’ Day,” says Carls.

Carls explains that they have a few special events planned for the vets during the game.

“They will meet down on the field at 12:45 p.m. and join head coach Ray DeFrisco and the Blueboy football team, they will participate in the national anthem which will be performed by the 144th Army Band based in Springfield. Then all of the veterans and active military will join the team captains for the coin toss,” Carls explains.

In addition to these events Carls says that IC will be selling special Veterans Day shirts at the game, with a portion of the profits going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Illinois College Blueboys will be taking on Macalaster Saturday afternoon at England Stadium on the IC campus. The game will be preceded by a special playing of the National Anthem. Admission cost is 5 dollars except for active duty military and veterans, who will be admitted free.