Release date: Oct. 30, 2007
News & Public Affairs contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
Department of Military Science contact: Maj. Chuck Giles, 615-898-2470
SALUTE TO ARMED FORCES NOV. 10 EVENTS WILL INCLUDE HONORING ALUMNUS MILLER
(MURFREESBORO) — Alumnus Ira Bradford “Brad” Miller Sr. of Murfreesboro will be presented the Joe Nunley Award during the 26th annual Salute to Armed Forces football game and activities Saturday, Nov. 10, event organizers said recently.
Miller (B.S. ’50), who served the state of Tennessee as a lobbyist and retired as executive vice president of the Tennessee Road Builders Association, will be the 18th recipient of the Nunley Award, said Maj. Chuck Giles, professor of military science at MTSU.
Miller is a World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater, serving there from 1945 to ’46, Giles said, adding that a committee, which includes past Nunley Award winners, selects each year’s honoree. Miller and his wife, June (B.S. ’51), have four children.
The Salute to Armed Forces, which has been called Salute to Veterans in past years, will be held in conjunction with 2007 Homecoming activities. This year’s homecoming theme is “A Red, White and Blue Raider Salute,” said Mark Murphy, the ’07 Student Government Association homecoming director.
Salute to Armed Forces activities Nov. 10 will include:
• 8:30 a.m. – Veterans Memorial Service and groundbreaking for a permanent “living memorial” veterans’ plaza, Tom H. Jackson Building;
• 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Salute to Armed Forces Picnic, Kennon Hall of Fame;
• 2:30 p.m. – MTSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette football game.
The picnic is free for all active-duty military, reservists, veterans and families. The Nunley Award will be presented during the picnic.
Air Force C-130 airplanes will fly above Floyd Stadium just after the national anthem before the kickoff, Giles said.
Videos of alumni stationed overseas, primarily Iraq and Afghanistan, will be shown on the new video board during breaks in the game (end of the first quarter, timeouts, halftime, etc., Giles said.
During halftime, as the MTSU Band of Blue will perform theme songs for the various branches of the military, veterans and current military personnel will make their way across the field, Giles added.
“The Tennessee Army National Guard will have a number of military vehicles around the stadium and tailgating areas,” Giles said, who added that a helicopter, which will land earlier in the day, is expected to be located in the grassy area next to the tennis courts near Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Greenland Drive.
The Tennessee Army National Guard Band will perform in the Homecoming Parade and picnic, Giles said. The parade will begin on Maney Avenue, follow East Main Street, turn left onto Middle Tennessee Boulevard and proceed to Greenland Drive.
For more information, contact Giles at 615-898-2470, Harriet Howard at 615-355-0746 or John Furgess at 615-646-0044.
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