WMU to close home football season with Salute to Veterans

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Ashley and Ryan McCann

KALAMAZOO—The Western Michigan University Bronco football team will close its home season Saturday, Nov. 17, with a 2 p.m. game against Eastern Michigan University and a special Salute to Veterans at Waldo Stadium.

A number of special events at the game will mark this week’s Veterans Day and focus on WMU student and alumni veterans and current members of the campus’s ROTC unit.

  • During pre-game activities, WMU ROTC cadets have been designated as the group to run the WMU flag onto the field.
  • To start the game, honorary team captains Ryan McCann, a 2010 WMU alumnus who has just returned from deployment in Afghanistan, and his wife Ashley, a 2011 alumna and graduate student at WMU, will participate in the opening coin toss.
  • Throughout the game, several WMU student veterans will be announced and their pictures shown on the stadium the big screen.

Area veterans will be found throughout the stadium. Earlier this fall, the University donated some 2,000 tickets to be distributed to community veterans in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, by the VA Medical Center and many VFW, American Legion and other veterans service organizations.

Also in attendance will be 12 student and alumni veterans and their family members who will be enjoying the football game in the Waldo Stadium President’s Box with WMU President John M. Dunn and other campus and community leaders.

In addition, the final home game marks the traditional celebration of Senior Day, with 16 Broncos playing their final game in Waldo Stadium. The seniors will be honored during a pre-game ceremony.

Game tickets are available by calling (269) 387-8092 or 1-888-4-WMU-TIX.