• Zach Bernabe

Jaguars hold annual 'Salute to Service' game to honor military


On Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars hosted a "Salute to Service" game for military appreciation. The Jaguars defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 20-17 in overtime.

The Jaguars and multiple donors gave the Jacksonville area USO almost 6,000 game tickets for active, retired, and reservist military personnel and their families. Players wore military-inspired camouflage uniforms, and fans also received an American flag when they entered the game. During the week leading up to the game, the Jaguars went to the Naval Station Mayport and the Naval Air Station Jacksonville to visit and thank all the military personal, according to the Jaguars' official website.

The halftime event was a mass "Oath of Enlistment" held on the field, with more than 250 recruits from all branches of the military, including the Army, Marines, Navy, Airforce, Coast Guard, and National Guard. The recruits were led by Army Brig. Gen. Jason Walrath, who is commanding General for U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox.

The Jaguars have made this event a tradition for recognizing military veterans and active duty solders. Another tradition in the "Salute to Service" game is the Fourth Quarter Bell Ringer, who was Maj. Gen. Michael A. Calhoun this year.