While Friday nights mean high school football games now that the season has starts, the Hamburg Area School District took a moment to honor and recognize active and retired military members.
The third annual Armed Forces Night was held during halftime at the Hamburg vs. Northern Lebanon on Sept. 13.
Active and retired armed forces members entered the field during halftime and spread out from the far 40 yard line in front of the home stands. After a brief statement was read, the names of the 28 members were called. As their name was called, each stepped forward and raised their hand to the crowd.
“Tonight on Hawk Hill we celebrate in our own way,” said the announcer during the statement. “Please raise and join me in applause for those here and all over the world.”
“God Bless America” was played at the end of the ceremony and the members posed for a picture to commemorate the evening.
“Thanks for coming,” said Hamburg athletic director Aaron Menapace, who scheduled the event, prior to taking the field with the armed services members.
According to Menapace, the event has grown over the years and he hopes it continues to grow as time goes on.
“We have the greatest fighting force in the world,” said Menapace, in an interview with Arch Kurtz in The Hamburg Area Item, about the event last year. “Personally, I respect every one of them for their courage and willingness to sacrifice such that folks like myself can enjoy simple things like Friday night football games.”
The halftime ceremony was open to all active and retired armed services members of all branches.