UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

Posted: Updated:

It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium. 

The afternoon was filled with football, fun and hot dogs for soldiers like Sergeant First Class Chris Bridson.

"Knowing that we're getting recognized for Veteran's Weekend, but also just being here and having fun and being able to relax with our families," Bridson said. 

Paula Tanner helped organize the big day and she says the event gets bigger and better every year.

About 1500 soldiers and their families came out to the game on Saturday for free.

"Well our military give to us every single day of the year and we are excited about having the opportunity to do just a little thing back for them," Tanner said.

The university has been hosting Military Appreciation Day for years, but this is the first time it has fallen so close to Veteran's Day, which is why they added special perks like wrist bands and free concessions.

Even though the soldiers appreciate the recognition and support, Sergeant First Class Bridson says their families deserve this special event just as much as they do.

"I mean, I've been in the Army eleven years...and my wife joined the Army with me....and not just my wife, my children too," Bridson said. 

Today was also the final home game of the regular season for the Crusaders, but they've already clenched to go to the playoffs.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:28:48 GMT
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

    More >>
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.


    More >>
  • In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:47:58 GMT
    CNNCNN
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
  • Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:25:07 GMT
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.