HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Men and women who currently serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces were guests of honor today in Hattiesburg at the Southern Miss game against Charlotte.
USM held a Military Appreciation Day, handing out free tickets to all active-duty military.
USM's Army and Air Force ROTC cadets led the Eagle Walk into the stadium to celebrate the university's Military Appreciation Day. All active-duty military got in the game for free and were honored with a special salute during the game.Cadets from Junior ROTC detachments in Jackson and Mobile also took part in event.
Everyone from those being honored to the students and professors at USM were humbled by the show of patriotism.
"One of the things we're very fortunate to have here in South Mississippi is a tremendous patriotism of all the community," said LTC Joseph Swindle, a professor of military science at USM. "So, as we look for support within our campus, within our community, and then our program, we just see an outreach all the time to support us."
Delvon Lewis, a cadet commander with the Army ROTC's Eagle battalion, echoed that sentiment, saying he always feels appreciated.
"I usually always feel appreciated," said Lewis. "There's a lot of thank you for your services and even just as a cadet and you're just starting out and you don't really understand the value of that statement until you've actually done a little bit more work, but it's always nice to hear it anyway."
Charlotte went on to beat USM 38-27.