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Military, Public Safety Appreciation Day is Saturday in Tucker Stadium


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

All current and past members of the U.S. military are invited to be the guests of Tennessee Tech on Saturday when the Golden Eagles host their annual Military and Public Safety Appreciation Day in Tucker Stadium.

The team will roll out a new, camouflage-styled uniform and members of the military and their families be tailgating with up-armored military equipment, a static weapons display, the National Guard Orange County Chopper and more. Past, present and future service members will be recognized at halftime.

In recognition of the men and women who give the gift of Freedom to all Americans and keep us safe every day, Tennessee Tech will host the special event when the Golden Eagle football team hosts Austin Peay in a 1:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference contest. It is the final game of the 2013 season, and Tech will also recognize its 12 senior players in pregame ceremonies.

In addition, the game is also Scout Day, with all scouts admitted free in their scouting uniforms. 

All military personnel, both active and retired, as well as persons working in law enforcement, emergency and first responder fields will be admitted to the game free, along with their immediate family members. The offer is available by showing proper identification, and tickets can be obtained either in advance or at the game.

To receive free tickets to the game, qualified personnel can visit the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center anytime during regular business hours through Friday. The same offer will be available at the ticket booths at the game beginning at 12:30 p.m.

"This is just a small token of our appreciation, in relation to what our servicemen and women and our public safety personnel are providing to all of us,” said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics. “It's something that Tech athletics does to say ‘thank you' to the military and public safety personnel and their families.”

The coin toss before the game will feature military and public safety personnel alongside of Tech’s game captains.

The 98.5 Kiss FM Tailgate Park opens at 10:30 a.m. The pregame festivities will include music, kids games, and an array of other activities. The now-popuar, new tradition of the Golden Eagle Walk will wind through the Tailgate Park at 11:15 a.m.

To pick up the free tickets, or for additional information, military and public safety personnel may visit or call the TTU Athletics Ticket office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940.