NGU Honors Servicemen at Military Appreciation Day Saturday

North Greenville University will hold its fifth annual Military Appreciation Day this Saturday, November 12.

The University will honor those who have served and are serving in our nation’s armed forces. National Guard military vehicles will be on display in front of Younts Stadium prior to and during the Crusaders last home football game against the Falcons of Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

The NGU ROTC Department will provide a barbeque tailgate free of charge to military personnel and veterans beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the stadium grounds. All servicemen and veterans are encouraged to attend, however a reservation is required. Please contact Second Lieutenant Jason Ross, Director of Alumni Affairs, at jason.ross@ngu.edu or 864-977-7026.

In addition to the tailgate, the South Carolina National Guard will provide a paintball course and climbing wall for everyone’s enjoyment.

The pregame ceremony will feature the presenting of colors by the NGU ROTC Color Guard as well as the commissioning of three NGU cadets who will become officers in the US Army. Retired US Naval Captain and NGU professor of psychology Professor Dr. William McManus will be offering the invocation. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran, ROTC professor of military science, will perform the coin toss. Cadet Jacob Adams will play the cavalry charge on the bugle as the Crusaders take the field.

At halftime, NGU will be honoring the family of PFC Geoffrey A. Whitsitt, Army Airborne, 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, who was one of two Army soldiers killed on January 13, 2010 at Combat Outpost McClain, Afghanistan from the explosion of a Taliban-planted IED (Improvised Explosive Device) near their vehicle. His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal- Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Action Badge. Private Whitsitt leaves behind an older brother Steve who serves in the Navy and parents Debbie and Steve Whitsitt of Taylors.

Also Specialist CJ Husband, National Guardsman, Army Commendation Medal recipient, and NGU Campus Security Officer, will be honored for his service in Afghanistan.

All those wearing military uniforms or with military ID will be admitted free to the game.

For more information about Military Appreciation Day contact Jason Ross at 864.977.7026.