"Honoring American Heroes" Day This Saturday

"Honoring American Heroes" Day This Saturday

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University will honor those individuals who put their lives on the line on a daily basis by holding "Honoring American Heroes" Day this Saturday, Sept. 11, at FSU's Top Taggart Field.

The event will be part of the Bulldogs' 2010 home football opener versus nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State, which kicks off at 6 p.m. (EDT) and also serves as FSU's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) outing of the season.

A number of special activities are planned in conjunction with the 9-11 event, including two concerts, fireworks and more.

As part of the activities for the home opener, FSU will honor those who serve our country with all first responders such as police, ambulance, firefighters earning free admission along with all veterans and current military members.  One dollar of each ticket sold will support the FSU Veterans Student Organization.

The event begins with a pregame Red, White & Blues tailgate featuring musician Big Daddy Fox starting at 3 p.m. (ET) outside the main entrance and will be sponsored by FSU Student Government.  A special FSU jersey and apparel sale will also be held prior to the contest.

After the game, well-known country singer Michael Peterson will take the field for a special evening concert at approximately 9 p.m. (ET). The annual postgame fireworks display will conclude the activities around 9:45 p.m. (ET).  This year's fireworks sponsors include B-Tan, Dental Health Care Associates, FSU Dining Services, Michigan College of Optometry, Rogers Jewelers, Holiday Inn, FSU Athletics and Y102 Radio.

The Ferris Veterans Association will also be selling a commemorative coin for the "Honoring American Heroes Day" event.  The coins will be sold at the stadium for $10 each.

Additionally, the U.S. Army will have several vehicles on display inside Top Taggart Field during the day, including a Multiple Exhibit Vehicle (MEV) or H3.  The unit is eqiupped with a custon audio-visual system, which includes LCD screen, monitors, audio equipment, live camera and X-Box gaming sytem.

Tickets will be available at the gate or for more information, contact the FSU Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. They can also be bought online at www.starticketsplus.com. Tickets are $7 adults or $5 students (K-12), senior citizens and FSU faculty/staff. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free as will children not yet of school age.

Ferris and Saginaw Valley State will meet for the 36th-straight year dating back to 1975 as the two schools have faced either other every season without interruption since the series' originally began.  FSU holds an 18-16-1 all-time edge counting two forfeit victories.

Saturday's game will be carried live locally by WYBR (102.3 FM) with Jason DaDay handling the play-by-play duties for the game and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  It will also be streamed live online with a live video webcast available thru America One (formerly B2 Networks) along with live internet statistics. Links for all available media can be found by clicking on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.

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