Ducks, Beavers to Pay Tribute to Oregon Soldiers
Release Date: 12/01/2009
Each of the teams' players will wear a small decal of the unit's "sunset patch" on their helmets as a tribute to deployed members of the Oregon National Guard's 41 IBCT. About 3,000 of Oregon's citizen-soldiers are currently serving in Iraq for a year-long deployment.
Prior to the start of the game, the athletic directors of both schools are planning to present a game ball to Oregon's Governor, Ted Kulongoski, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General. Each ball is autographed by the Beavers' and Ducks' head coaches.
The 41 IBCT can be traced back to 1887 when the Summers Law established the Oregon National Guard. During WWII, the unit saw some of the fiercest fighting throughout remote locations in the South Pacific, earning the brigade the nickname "Jungleers".
Members of the Oregon Army National Guard's Youth Challenge Program are scheduled to participate as the official Color Guard during opening ceremonies.
Kickoff is set for 6:01 p.m. PST with a live telecast on ESPN.
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