Giants to host active and retired military members. First 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative scarf presented by Your Local Ford Stores.
The New York Giants will highlight their year-round commitment to Salute to Service on Sunday, November 26 against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
On Sunday the Giants will celebrate their official Salute to Service themed game, when the first 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative scarf presented by Your Local Ford Stores. The Giants are proud to host active and retired military members and their families to attend and participate in various game activations.
For the last five decades, the New York Giants have proudly donated 50 tickets to each home game to the United Service Organizations (USO), who invites members of every military branch to attend games. The Giants will also host the Department of Veteran Affairs, sharing benefits available to all our veterans.
To kick off the game, representatives from Disabled American Veterans will be present for the coin toss and US Army Veteran and Season Ticket Member will ring the Kickoff Bell. Active and retired military members will cover the field for the pregame ceremony, with veterans holding the American flag and active-duty members holding flags for their respective military branches. At halftime, members from each military branch will compete in a relay race on the field.
There will also be multiple in-game recognition moments, including Ford's $10,000 contribution to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization from Your Local Ford Stores. DAV is a charity that empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity by providing benefits, services and advocates. The Giants will also present a $10,000 check to HicksStrong, a non-profit organization created with the goal of connecting service members with therapists via telehealth so they can receive confidential support no matter where they are located. HickStrong is driven to change the military suicide epidemic by removing the red tape and shortening the gap between service members and therapists.
Sunday is the culmination of a month that featured numerous Salute to Service events. On November 9, Giants Legends visited veterans at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx and hosted their annual pizza party for veterans and hospital staff in honor of Veterans Day.
The Giants also hosted military members from the Wounded Warrior Project at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center on November 10th, where they watched practice and met with players and coaches to share their stories over lunch in the team cafeteria.
In addition, kicker Graham Gano was named the Giants' recipient of the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The Salute to Service Award recognizes NFL players, coaches, staff, and alumni with proven commitment to honoring and supporting military and veteran communities, as nominated by NFL clubs. Returning this year, fans have an opportunity to vote for their favorite nominee to help determine the award's three finalists. To see all the nominees and vote, visit NFL.com/SaluteFanVote from now until November 30. One vote per day, per fan is permitted. The finalists of the award will be announced in January, and the recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a primetime awards special to air nationally in February during the week of Super Bowl LVIII.
Gano's father served in the Navy for 30 years as a master chief petty officer. His three brothers were Marines, and his grandfather was a World War II veteran. Growing up in a military family taught Gano discipline, perspective and motivation. You'll often find him standing at attention instead of his usual warm up during pregame when military personnel are around.
Gano also supports a nonprofit called Puppies Behind Bars, which provides service dogs for wounded veterans. When a rookie player asked for Gano's jersey number (5) in 2022, he agreed, with one stipulation – that the rookie make a contribution to this organization to help five veterans get five service dogs. That $50,000 donation has now changed five lives for the better.
Gano's desire to connect with service members and their families was evident when he hosted a free two-day football camp at Fort Bragg in 2022. Open to boys and girls who were dependents of active duty, retirees, and DoD civilian employees, 150 youth were treated to a day of football, fun and food for the families.
Salute to Service is the league's year-round effort to honor, empower and connect with our nation's service members, veterans and their families. Throughout the month of November, the collective NFL family, including all 32 clubs and their players, will reinforce continued support and gratitude to those who have and continue to serve. Salute to Service will be highlighted specifically in-game during Weeks 9-11 and included throughout additional special events led by the league and its clubs.
Since 2011, more than $66 million has been raised for the NFL's Salute to Service partners to support and uplift our nation's military community through resources, programming, recognition and unique experiences in the United States and across the world.
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