Whitworth University honors veterans during football game

The Whitworth Pirates took on the Linfield Wildcats at the Pine Bowl on Saturday, but it wasn’t just any ordinary football game.

Ahead of Veterans Day, Saturday’s game showed appreciation for the service and sacrifice made by veterans and military families.

Before kickoff, the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard presented colors and arms. An 80-foot flag was unfurled across the field, as the national anthem was sung in the background.

An 80-foot flag was rolled out during the national anthem. A few veterans attending Whitworth will receive a challenge coin during the halftime too! #4NewsNow pic.twitter.com/RXop6ih9dE

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“When i first came here, it was kind of a big deal. they were very supportive and being my veteran status and everything. This is another milestone, or another event, I guess, to show their support, so it feels really good,” said Greg Vaughan, a student and veteran.

The game was one of two ceremonies to honor veterans this week.

The second Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Monday at the Whitworth Veterans Memorial, during which Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will speak.

Following her speach, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs will name Whitworth as an official Veteran Supportive Campus Partner, the university said in a release.

“It is my honor to work for a university that values our military as much as Whitworth does,” said Phil Labrie, Whitworth’s assistant director for veterans outreach.

“Receiving this certificate means our university is committed to creating a culture of trust, well-being and success for all those who serve our country. I am so grateful for the partnership we have with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.”