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Ohio high school football teams will pay a special tribute to first responders and military members on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
With the help of the Ohio Army National Guard, at least 17 teams will sport camo jerseys this weekend to honor those who lost their lives that day and those who continue to protect us, WLWT reports.
“We are honored to help communities pay tribute to the first responders and military members who have served or continue to serve since the attacks on 9/11,” said Maj. Matt France, commander of the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG) Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Gov. Mike DeWine (R) celebrated the program, according to The Scioto Post.
“I encourage football fans to show their appreciation for the Ohio Army National Guard as they cheer on the players during these special military appreciation games throughout the state,” DeWine said.
The OHARNG has been supporting schools hosting military appreciation games since 2011 through a program called Operation Buckeye Guard. Schools can request American flag helmet decals, school-branded patriotic banners, a military static display, a soldier to conduct the coin toss, or inflatable tunnels and smoke machines for player introductions.
Some of the schools participating in the program this year include:
• Anthony Wayne
• Franklin Heights
• Seneca East
• Valley View