Buffalo Bills to honor New York National Guard soldiers on field Sunday
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:12:58 GMT —
The Buffalo Bills will recognize more that 150 New York Army Nati
l Guard Soldiers this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
The soldiers will be honored during an opening ceremony of the football game between the Bills and the New York Jets. During halftime, Major General Patrick Murphy will administer the oath of enlistment in a reaffirmation ceremony.
New York Army National Guard members take dual oaths. They promise to support and defend both the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of New York.
"Our National Guard men and women have served their country and state honorably, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and aiding their fellow New Yorkers in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and flooding in the Mohawk Valley," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release to CNYcentral. "The unwavering commitment and immeasurable contribution of our Citizen Soldiers and the sacrifices they make on behalf of all New Yorkers and Americans should be recognized every day."
Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has also guaranteed the purchase of any remaining tickets to Sundays game. The proceeds of those tickets will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Bills players will wear National Guard decals on their helmets.