Redskins Salute, the official military appreciation club of the Washington Redskins, is hosting multiple events throughout the D.C. metropolitan area to honor our nation’s veterans and active duty military personnel this month.
Kicking off the November events was the team’s Nov. 4 Salute to Service game presented by USAA, the official Salute to Service partner of the Redskins.
Thousands of military members attended the game at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Discounted game tickets were available for military service members by USAA and will also be available for military members, as well as first responders, for the next Redskins home game on Nov. 18.
Launched in partnership with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro), Redskins Salute is a free community “where service members can connect with the team and with each other, sharing Redskins stories, experiences and the shared passion behind an 80-plus year tradition with year-round benefits,” according to the Redskins.
Joining forces throughout 2018, the Redskins and USAA have co-hosted many events to recognize veterans and active duty service members, as well as to connect local military with the team. At the Redskins’ Training Camp in August, USAA hosted an NFL Boot Camp for local military on the practice field followed by a VIP viewing of the team’s practice.
During the preseason, USAA and the team co-hosted a practice at Joint Base Andrews, during which military members watched the walk-through followed by a post-practice autograph session. On Oct. 30, USAA hosted a unit interaction at the Pentagon during which a group of Redskins players toured the facility.
At the Redskins Salute game on Nov. 4 the Redskins presented a special military challenge coin, designed and created by USAA, for use in the official coin toss. Several service members participated in the team tunnel flag run-out during the team introduction.
Along with the Redskins Cheerleaders, about 150 service members participated in the pregame unfurling of a giant American flag on the football field.
A dramatic military unit flyover followed the singing of the National Anthem. Daniel Cortez, retired U.S. Marine from Virginia and descendant of the Tolteca Aztec Indian tribe, lead fans in “Hail to the Redskins,” the Redskins fight song.
During halftime, the Military Order of the Purple Heart hosted a recognition of Purple Heart recipients. A U.S. Army Enlistment Ceremony took place that was officiated by the Deputy Director of the Army National Guard.
Video clips showcasing Redskins Salute military events and initiatives were shown on the HD video boards during half time.
A Black Hawk helicopter and other military vehicles were on display in the parking lots around the stadium. Post-game military appreciation events started on Nov. 6 with a Redskins-hosted Podcast Party at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir. At the event military members watched the taping of a variety of Redskins.com podcasts and shows followed by a lunch catered by Mission BBQ.
Redskins player Jonathan Allen hosted a Helmet for Helmet Tour of Redskins Park on Nov. 6 for the grand prize winner of the Redskins Salute Helmet for Helmet sweepstakes, which honors inspiring military service members.
On Nov. 8, The Redskins hosted a chalk talk between Redskins alum Gary Clark and Larry Michael, Chief Content Officer and Senior VP, Washington Redskins, before the RecruitMilitary Job Fair at FedExfield. Clark talked about his experience in the NFL and his transition from football to his current life. Two retiring service members from the FedEx Football Fellowship program also shared their experiences working in the front office of the Redskins organization.
Working with FedEx and the USO, the Redskins launched the inaugural military football fellowship program this Fall, which creates on-the-job professional experiences for recently retired service members.
Additional Redskins military appreciation activities this month will include a tour of Redskins Park in Ashburn for military families who have lost a family member on duty. Redskins Salute will be also hosting an annual Pros vs. GI Joes gaming tournament in late November, with Redskins Players gaming with military members at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
For more information about Redskins Salute, visit www.redskinssalute.com.