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Nebraska Cornhuskers: Honoring Those Who Have Given Their Lives

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

It is hard to believe that 11 years ago, one of the most tragic events in American history happened in New York City. I get goose bumps just thinking back to where I was when I heard that Tower 1 and Tower 2 of the World Trade Center were hit.

I was just in 4th grade at the time and the magnitude of the situation did not hit me for a few years later, until I was able to broaden my horizons. I was too young then, but I am not now.

Think back to that day. Think how much your life has changed since then. America, the beautiful, the brave, was suddenly injured.

Eleven years after the fact, how do you remember the day? Is it a few thoughts a single day a year? Perhaps you have a loved one, family member, or friend, like myself, who has been or currently is deployed overseas in the name of freedom and are constantly thinking back to that day.

For me, every time I attend a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game, I am reminded and eternally grateful for all of those who have, are, or will serve this great country.

Memorial Stadium, built in 1923, was named such to honor all Nebraskans who have served our country. While this was initially for those who served in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars, it has been extended to all the wars after that time.

This includes the unfortunate results of war that is death.This includes the more than 5,000 men and women who have died since Nebraska was a territory and the Civil War, Memorial Stadium honors them.

In one of the greatest traditions in college football, I believe, is one that has started at Nebraska since the opening of the North Stadium, two members of the Nebraska National Guard service units are stationed to open and close the doors for the tunnel walk.

While holding the doors open is unimportant, one of the beset feelings on game day is when the public announcement comes on saying who is there. Simultaneously, 85,000+ fans rise to their feet, all cheering, clapping, whistling as loud as they can.

I take great pride and joy in hearing my fellow Americans, even if they do not support the wars, to support those who give their lives to protect our freedom.

Inscribed two corners of the stadium are “In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in National Wars. Their Lives they held their countrys trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”

If you know someone who has served this country, take a minute of your day to thank them, and think about the freedom that we can enjoy in this country because of their sacrifices.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM