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Michiana High School goes all out to honor our military


Friday night is football night for High Schools across Michiana.  But for one school their game was about much more than the pigskin.  Fairfield High School hosted a "hometown heroes" event for their game against Culver Military Academy.

Most sporting events begin with the National Anthem.  Friday night's Fairfield versus Culver Military Academy game started with much more.  Lutheran Air did a fly by, landed on the field, and presented the game ball.  But only after a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.  And when the players ran through the tunnel, the seniors were carrying flags that represented different branches of our military.

During it all the players wore National Guard jerseys.  It was a welcome sight to veterans participating in the events.  "This is something that's hard to find in this country today and we're just tickled to death that this community's willing to be a part of it and ask us to be here," said Veteran Roger Bayak.  He said he'd like to see this more often, "I think it needs to happen at every football game.  High School or whatever."

Victor Hagar, the dad of a senior football player, organized all of this.  His dad served in the military and he said they had to go big because there's no small scale when it comes to honoring our troops.  "If you're gonna do it you better do it right and this by far with all the participation is doing it right."

But why the big show of support for this game?  Well it was senior night, the last regular season game, and it was just fitting since their opponent was Culver Military Academy.  "Kind of a thank you to the service people that not only protect our homes but our country," said Coach Bob Miller.

Miller said he has a lot of past players who are now in the service, so this really made sense for their team and their community.  "There's so much in football and the services that go hand and hand jut thought this would be a nice way to finish the season."

Fairfield and Culver Military Academy have also spent the last few months fundraising to support out troops.  The thousands of dollars they raised will go to Indiana Guard Relief Fund and Wish For Our Heroes.

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