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Giants celebrate Veterans Day by inviting Wounded Warriors to practice

Members of the Francis Lewis U.S. Army JROTC

Members of the Francis Lewis U.S. Army JROTC marching in the Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Ave in Manhattan. (Nov. 11 2006) Photo Credit: Newsday File / Viorel Florescu

The Giants hosted some local Wounded Warriors at practice today. They got a chance to get on the field – or at least right up to the sideline – and watch practice, then they’ll eat lunch with the team.

“Veterans Day is a chance for us to honor our great warriors and those that have provided us with the opportunities that we have in this great country to live under the blanket of freedom,” Tom Coughlin said yesterday. “We can’t do enough for these people. I was able during the bye week to attend a Wounded Warriors function over in the city – General Odierno was there, Colonel Gadson, was there – it was an incredible night. We had testimony from one wounded warrior about his particular story and I mean there wasn’t a dry eye in the place, so the more we can do to acknowledge what these men and women have done for us, the better and to put them in a very high place and to recognize this day as a very important day in our country’s history, if you will, just to say thank you for all that has been done for us.”

On Sunday, the Giants will also honor the troops. Twenty-five Wounded Warriors and 125 Servicemen and women will be on the field for special pregame and halftime ceremonies. Major General Richard P. Mills will introduce the Giants when they run out of their tunnel onto the field. General Mills is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he serves as the Commander, Regional Command (Southwest) and the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Throughout the game, live two way talk backs will be conducted with the troops at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.



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