Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to EverBank Field this Sunday afternoon to see the Jaguars take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the team's annual military appreciation game. The matchup will kick off at 1 p.m. on CBS and will be broadcast locally on WJAX CBS47.
A Salute to Service
The Jaguars, alongside generous corporate and individual donors, have partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO to provide complimentary tickets to at least 6,000 active, retired and reservist military personnel and their families to this Sunday's game. In addition, Jaguars players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff are participating in a multitude of appreciation events throughout the week. Players have already visited Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville earlier this week to meet local servicemen and women and say 'thank you.'
During the Salute to Service game, players will wear camouflaged-themed on-field apparel. Jaguars players' helmets will also feature a special decal that represents one of the five branches of the military, as well as the NFL Salute to Service ribbon. Upon arrival to EverBank Field on game day, fans will receive an American Flag as they enter the gates.
Leading the team onto the field this Sunday is Wounded Warrior Sean Karpf, an intern this season with the team's strength and conditioning staff and a Purple Heart Recipient. Following team introductions, this week's National Anthem will be performed by Deloris "Dee" Quaranta, founder and CEO of Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. She retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service and now works to bring awareness to the needs of women veterans. She will be accompanied by Kinsey of THE ROAR, who will interpret for the hearing impaired. The colors will be presented by representatives from the Florida Army National Guard. This Sunday's flyover will be performed by the Warbirds Flyover Team. Specializing in precision formation, the Warbirds are led by former naval carrier aviator and Gulf War veteran Hank Gibson of Jacksonville. Team members are all veterans of the uniformed services and will fly vintage post-World War II-type aircraft.
The Jaguars will continue their traditional game day military honors by recognizing the Fourth Quarter Bell Ringer and Wounded Warriors at halftime. This week's Veteran of the Game is Maj. Gen. Michael A. Calhoun. He is assigned as Adjutant General, Florida, the senior military advisor to Florida Governor Rick Scott. As Commander of the 12,000 men and women of both U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force elements of the Florida National Guard, he is responsible for overall management, readiness, and mobilization.
In the Fan Entertainment Zone, fans can visit with representatives from local nonprofit organizations who were recent recipients of the Jaguars Foundation's 2017 Jacksonville Resource and Reintegration Center community grants. Those organizations include Five Star Veterans Center, Florida National Guard Foundation and Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc.
New recruits commit to country
Halftime at this Sunday's Salute to Service game will feature a special on-field mass enlistment ceremony. More than 250 recruits enlisting in all five branches of the U.S. military will take the oath of enlistment as administered by Army Brig. Gen. Jason Walrath, deputy commanding general-support for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox.
Jags fans at the fair
The last day to attend the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair is this Sunday, Nov. 12. Jaguars fans can visit the fair for free by showing their game ticket between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The fair is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Parking lots P and R will be closed on game day. Fans with parking passes in those lots have already been relocated for this game. Fans with parking in lots M or N should plan to arrive early due to road closures around the fair. For more questions about the fair, please visitwww.jacksonvillefair.com.
Be clear on game day safety
Fan safety is a priority to the Jaguars and EverBank Field. All fans arriving at EverBank Field on game day will be screened by walk-through magnetometers at all entry gates. To help expedite entry into the stadium, fans should keep small items such as keys and coins in their pockets and be prepared to put larger items such as cell phones, camera and binoculars in the bins. The NFL's clear bag policy is in effect at EverBank Field. Fans are encouraged to leave bags at home, but, if necessary, it should be either bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag, or a small clutch no larger than 4.5" x 6." For complete details on the clear bag policy and a comprehensive list of prohibited items, visit www.jaguars.com/allclear.
Game day timeline
10 a.m. North End zone ticket office open
10 a.m. Fan Entertainment Zone opens (South end zone between Gates 1 and 4)
11 a.m. EverBank Field seating bowl and all gates open
11:30 a.m. - Noon The ROAR and Jaguars alumni autographs (Fan Entertainment Zone)
12:45 p.m Jags Cinema pregame show begins on the video boards
1 p.m. Kickoff