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New Orleans Saints honor military during game vs. Buccaneers

From pregame to halftime, Saints paid respects to nation's military

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New Orleans Saints fans were treated to more than just a dominating 30-10 victory by their team Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, they were able to see numerous tributes to the nation's military.

In the first quarter the Saints honored 108-year-old Lawrence Brooks, a World War II veteran and New Orleans native, who was also brought out to walk-through Saturday to meet the team. The former private first class in the 91st Engineering Battalion of the Army received a $500 gift card from Rouses.

Other military tributes during Sunday's game:

  • The Victory Belles of the World War II Museum performed the National Anthem
  • The American flag was unfurled by employees of Entergy who were formerly in the military along with family members.
  • Joint Color Guards presented the Colors prior to kickoff.
  • The Marine Corps Band of New Orleans performed at Champions Square during pre-game tailgating.
  • The Alcorn State Band put on a military themed halftime show.
  • Sunday's 50-50 raffle went to benefit Bastion, a housing community in New Orleans dedicated to military veterans and senior citizens.
  • Community Coffee's military guest was Staff Sergeant Derrick Jacobs, a Lake Charles native, who has received numerous awards including the National Defense Service medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service medal. Jacobs serves in Oxford, Miss., as an Army recruiter.
  • The Community Coffee honorary captain was Master Sergeant Crystal Larrieu, who enlisted in the active duty Air Force in 2001 and was deployed to Irag in March 2004. After Larrieu's active duty service she joined the Louisiana Air National Guard.
  • Local military and their families received tickets to the game.
  • USAA sponsored several military appearances and activations pregame and allowed more than 100 military members to watch the game from the field.
  • Air Forced Serviceman Jaron Augustus was welcomed home and reunited with his family in a special ceremony that brought some in the sellout crowd to tears.
  • Before the game started Crown Royal hosted a bag-stuffing station where fans were able to pack bags with goods to be sent to military members stationed overseas.
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