Perry football to host Military Appreciation Night

Libbie Randall - Sports
The Bluejays run onto the field every Friday night carrying the American flag and the Perry flag along with them. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

On Friday, Sept. 21 Perry will hold it’s annual football awareness game. This year there will be a Military Appreciation Night with the proceeds going to the Perry American Legion and spectators can expect several additions to the evening to honor all those involved.

Five flags will be placed at the back of each endzone courtesy of the Perry Optimist/Lions. The American Legion and VFW will present colors at the game as well. The entirety of the varsity and JV teams will dawn patriotic P’s on their helmets for the evening.

To start off the evening the National Guard will deliver the game ball in a golf cart that looks like a tank. They will also have an inflatable tunnel for the players to walk through that will be set up ahead of time by the band and the cheerleaders.

For those wishing to donate to this cause, members of the American Legion will be at the gates with buckets for free-will contributions. T-shirts that were being sold to honor this occasion have recently sold out. The Perry cheerleaders will be making their way through the bleachers at the conclusion of the first quarter for an additional collection of donations.

Veterans and Active Military will be able to get into the game for free with ID. The National Guard will be in the plaza with a variety of games for anyone to play including corn hole and football toss. They will also be tossing out t-shirts at various points in the evening.

The Bluejays will be taking on Dallas Center-Grimes beginning at 7:30 p.m.