By Ms. Courtney Dock (JFHQNCRMDW)December 10, 2015
The Washington Redskins honored local military members during their Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 7, 2015. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, along with Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington; Maj. Gen. Darryl W. Burke, commander, Air Force District of Washington, Rear Adm. Yancy B. Lindsey, commandant, Naval District Washington; and Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, commanding general, Marine Corps Training and Education Command, were all on hand for the Salute to Service presentation before kickoff.
Service members stationed throughout the nation's capital unfurled the American flag on the field during the singing of the National Anthem by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith, a vocalist from the United States Army Band.
"It's always a privilege to represent our Nation's Soldiers here in the Nation's Capital, but being able to do this at an NFL game, that's just fun," said Becker. "It really was a great honor to accept the thanks and praise for all military; their service and sacrifice is truly remarkable."
Monday marked the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Throughout the weekend, the NFL held various Salute to Service recognition ceremonies. The partnership between the NFL and the Department of Defense is long-standing; the NFL takes pride in supporting military personnel and remains committed to raising awareness for the sacrifices the military makes for America.
The recognition ceremony culminated in honoring 12 World War II veterans who concluded their trip to Washington, D.C. by watching the conference rivalry between the Redskins and Cowboys.