Medal of Honor Recipients to Participate in the Coin Toss at Army-Navy Game

Friday December 10, 2010

What is it?

The storied rivalry between Army and Navy continues Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, with the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. EST. The game will be aired on CBS television network, Westwood One radio network, live on the Pentagon Channel, and world-wide on Armed Forces Network.

What is the Army doing?

This is the 111th Army-Navy football game in West Point's 121 years of Army football and is one of the most anticipated collegiate football events. While on the playing field these young men will fight with every ounce of their being, but at the end of the game, these cadets and midshipmen become one team that marches out of the stadium; one team that answers the nation's call to arms; one team that leads formations around the world; and one team that is working for common purpose through uncommon sacrifice. That is the spirit of Army-Navy.

Six extraordinary heroes, three from the Army and three from the Navy, will be honored as they participate in the coin toss during the pre-game activities. These men are Medal of Honor recipients, including Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam. Fans across the country will be able to recognize these true heroes and leaders and learn of their service and sacrifice.

Additionally, the Army Commemorative Coin, a cooperative effort in conjunction with the Army Historical Foundation and U.S. Mint, will be unveiled. Proceeds from this venture will help build the Museum of the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Why is this important to the Army?

Connecting with the public and continuously maintaining and strengthening goodwill is vital to the Army's success. The Army-Navy Game is a great platform for doing so. West Point's mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country and service to the nation as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation and commissioning, these cadets will become an integral asset to our Army.

What's the way forward?

In the very near future, every cadet and midshipman will be commissioned and serve in the defense of our nation.

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