This weekend's match up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills in Kansas City, MO, is more than just a typical Week 8 NFL game. It's also Military Appreciation Day at Arrowhead Stadium. It's part of league-wide celebration leading up to November 11th, Veteran's Day.
Last year, the Chiefs celebrated Military Appreciation Day against the San Diego Chargers. That's the video you see above - about a half dozen Blackhawk helicopters flying over Arrowhead Stadium after the National Anthem is sung.
I'm not sure what's in store flyover-wise for Sunday but it could be really cool. Here's what else is going for Military Appreciation day, courtesy of the Chiefs' press release:
- Prior to kickoff, Col. Gary Johnston will throw a ceremonial first pass to one of his children. Col. Johnston is the Regimental Commander of the 24th Marine Regiment, based in Kansas City, MO.
- Members of the 24th will serve as the color guard and will join members of the U.S. Army 705th Military Police Battalion, based in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. in presenting a giant American flag on the field.
- Perhaps the most moving of all these activities will be a halftime swearing-in ceremony for the United States Marines, conducted by Master Sergeant Zachariah, followed by a video tribute to fallen soldiers.