During the Blue Devils’ football game on Oct. 22, a tribute was held for members of the armed forces.
In the hours before the game started, various local military organizations put on events for members of the military and civilians alike. The University of Wisconsin-Stout Veterans Club hosted a tailgating party, grilling burgers and brats. The Wisconsin National Guard put up a climbing tower in the parking lot, and UW-Stout ROTC put together a flag detail with ROTC cadets to march in the colors before the game.
During the game, UW-Stout Chancellor Sorensen entertained members of the military in the chancellor’s box. One of the guests honored included LTC Stout, professor of Military Science here. Stout’s wife also sung the national anthem before the game. Other members of the military included former cadets who are now officers in the Army as well as former professors of military science.
Patrick Purves, a former cadet, is now a first lieutenant in the 1-147th aviation battalion and just returned from flying Blackhawk helicopters in Iraq last June. He was spotted talking to and giving advice to Kelly Yule, a newly commissioned second lieutenant, who will be starting aviation school to fly helicopters early next year.
Amidst the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the soldiers were given a nice opportunity to relax and just watch some football.