After going through a series of steps to reach this point, the Fossil Ridge High School football team will honor fallen military members leading up to and during Thursday’s game.
A pep rally is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. There will be live music, a Patriot Guard and Honor Color Guard with a fallen hero remembrance at 7 p.m. Players will be introduced and will say the name of the fallen soldier they are representing in Thursday’s game. A few will share the story of their soldier.
Thursday’s game against Legacy kicks off at 6 p.m., with doors to French Field opening at 5. After the national anthem, players will release balloons in honor of Anthony Parnell, a former player who was killed in February. He was enlisted in the Army before his death.
At halftime, past and present military members will be honored. Anyone with a military identification will get into the game free.
The team will wear special uniforms for the military appreciation game, including undershirts with the names of the fallen soldiers they are honoring.
In August, the team went through military-style training and a ruck walk to educate the team so they could honor the fallen soldiers. The team’s original plans to honor veterans by wearing their names on game uniforms were denied by Poudre School District.
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