The University of Michigan football program’s Military Appreciation Game will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, vs. SMU at Michigan Stadium. Prior to and during the game, the Michigan Athletic Department and its fans will recognize and honor the men and women of our military who have bravely served or are serving our country.
Thanks to the generous support of Michigan football season ticket holders and fans, as well as a large donation from Toyota, a proud partner of Michigan Athletics, over 1,200 tickets were made available for veterans and military service members. Tickets were distributed via VetTix.org.
During the National Anthem, two large American flags will be held on the field by over 150 U-M faculty, staff, student veterans as well as Toyota Research & Development veterans and executives who will represent the U.S. Toyota Veterans Association.
Following the National Anthem, a flyover will be conducted by two F-35A Lighting II planes from the 388th Fighter Wing, based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The 388th Fighter Wing is the Air Force’s first combat-capable F-35 wing. The F-35A Lightning II is America’s most advanced multi-role stealth fighter and its capabilities make it both lethal and survivable in the modern battlespace. The mission of the 388th is to maintain and employ the F-35A worldwide in support of national defense, anytime, anywhere.
At halftime, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will perform prior to the Michigan Marching Band. The USMC Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. This highly-disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps.
The flag of each military branch, as well as a POW/MIA flag will be flown on the flagpoles around Michigan Stadium, as all veterans and service members will be recognized during the game.
In the third quarter, Hal Barber will be recognized as the Veteran of the Game. Hal was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, fought and was wounded in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950 during the Korean War. Hal later served in the Vietnam War in 1965-66. He retired as a Captain.
Kick-off of Saturday’s game with SMU is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network (BTN).