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Giants Now: Team honors heroes on Veterans Day


The Giants would like to give a special thank you to all current and former military members today for Veterans Day.

In honor of the NFL's military appreciation initiative, the Giants hosted their Salute to Service game against the Las Vegas Raiders this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium. To celebrate our military, the Giants had a special pregame ceremony with their military and veteran season ticket members serving as flag bearers. The U.S. Army Golden Knights also parachuted into the stadium, and the Giants had a season ticket member and Korean War Veteran ring the Giants Pride Bell before kickoff. The Giants also hosted members from the Wounded Warrior Project as they were honored during the Ford Military Moment each quarter throughout the game.

Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower and connect our nation's service members, veterans and their families. It is grounded in deep partnerships with nonprofits and organizations that support the military community in the United states and across the world.

Over the years, the Giants have had numerous players and team members represented in the Armed Forces, from late owner Wellington Mara to players such as Emlen Tunnell and Charlie Conerly.

Several of those heroic stories can be found in the videos below.


Salute to Service: Wellington Mara's World War II letters discovered

While serving overseas in the South Pacific, Wellington Mara's frequent written correspondence with his parents, Tim and Lizette, and his brother, Jack, provided intimate insights and details of his military experiences in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Salute to Service: Giants legend & American hero Al Blozis

Immediately after playing in the 1944 championship game against Green Bay, Blozis was sent overseas to fight in World War II. An Army lieutenant, he was killed in action in France just six weeks later. The Giants retired Blozis' No. 32 jersey.

Salute to Service: WWII hero Charlie Conerly becomes a true Giants legend

Before he played quarterback for the Giants in the 1950s, Conerly left school at Ole Miss to join the Marines overseas in World War II.

Emlen Tunnell nominated for Salute to Service Award

Earlier this year, the U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a fast response cutter in honor of the late Pro Football Hall of Famer, who was named one of the top 100 players in NFL history. This week, as the country celebrates Veterans Day, the league announced Tunnell as the Giants' nominee for the annual Salute to Service Award.

The Salute to Service Award recognizes NFL players, coaches, staff and alumni with demonstrable commitment to honoring and supporting military and veteran communities, as nominated by NFL clubs. Finalists are scheduled to be announced in January, and the recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a primetime awards special to air the week of Super Bowl LVI.

Each year, the NFL and its 32 teams come together to honor, empower and connect with members of the military as part of the NFL's Salute to Service initiative. The league's military appreciation efforts culminate in November with NFL Salute to Service games and other special events honoring and thanking veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

Salute to Service: Phil McConkey serves his country before becoming a Big Blue legend

Super Bowl champion Phil McConkey, one of the most beloved Giants of his era, was also a star at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Salute to Service: The story of Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lummus

With the U.S. fully engaged in World War II, Lummus gave up his football career to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves. Three years later, Lummus was mortally wounded on Iwo Jima, and President Harry S. Truman posthumously awarded him the Medal of Honor.

Salute to Service: Veteran surprised with service dog

Paws of War & JK Consulting surprised a veteran with a service dog during Sunday's game.

📸 U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute into MetLife Stadium

In honor of the NFL's Salute to Service military appreciation initiative, the Giants featured a special pregame demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

In honor of the NFL's Salute to Service military appreciation initiative, the Giants featured a special pregame demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

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