The Big Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley, will honor our nation’s military and pay special tribute to Alameda County’s 77,000 veterans in celebration of Armed Forces Day.
The Big Game is an American college football rivalry game played by the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University. First played 122 years ago in 1892, it is the ninth most played college football rivalry game in the United States.
This Saturday, Cal Berkeley will start the Armed Forces Day tribute by having the military service members and veterans run out onto the field with the Cal Berkeley football team as they take the field.
“We felt it would be an amazing way to pay tribute to the men and women who protect our country and give us freedom every day. They continually answer the call in bravery and sacrifice,” said Scott Adamek, Account Executive, Intercollegiate Athletics, UCB. “Why not recognize them on the biggest stage and rival game the bay area knows, Cal vs. Stanford. We are proud to create and host this event. We hope to make this an annual event every year for our heroes,” he continued.
A flyover of a military airplane is planned to take place prior to the start of the game.
Julianna Boor, Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Office, Oakland, says, “This is a singular honor that the Big Game is paying to members of our nation’s Armed Forces. What a fine tribute for our active duty members and veterans to be recognized by two of our country’s finest universities in this setting.”
Other activities are planned for halftime as well. In addition, periodic tributes to the Armed Forces and veterans will be displayed on the stadium’s big screen video panels.
“Our nation’s college and university systems play a vital role in the education of our veterans. So many of our young service men and women return to school after completing their military tours of duty to become better prepared to re-enter our work force,” says Conway Jones, Chairman, Alameda County Veterans Commission.