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Jaguars honor military with Salute to Service game

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Sunday the Jaguars honored our military with their annual salute to service game. The Jaguars partnered with several organizations including the Greater Jacksonville Area USO to prove complimentary tickets to 5,000 active, retired and reservist military personal and their families for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texas.

“This is amazing,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Buettner. “I’ve been in Jacksonville just a few months. It’s tough getting settled in to a new town. The red carpet that they roll out is much appreciated and it’s great that they’re willing to do this and support our military.”

In the week leading up to Sunday’s game the Jaguars players, coaching staff and cheerleaders participated in several events honoring those who serve our country. Players visited Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville to meet local servicemen and women and say thank you.

This game also holds a special place in the heart of Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.

“My dad passed away a couple years ago, but he was in the Navy so I think it’s always something big in our family as we reflect back to it and my uncles,” said Bradley. “We have a lot of cousins that were involved in it. I think when you take this time there’s things that resonate that you look back at that brings up memories or conversations with them. And then just to live in Jacksonville, all the servicemen and women that are here in this city, it’s a privilege to get to know them and see them at some of our practices and training camp. That’s what I think makes Jacksonville so special.”

During the Salute to Service game, players will wear camouflaged-themed on field apparel. Jacksonville has a rich military tradition and Jaguars player helmets also featured a special decal that represents one of the five branches of the military.