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Oklahoma National Guard opens game day with pride

Oklahoma National Guard opens game day with pride
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Story by Sgt. Christopher Bruce, Public Affairs Office, Oklahoma National Guard

The University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium is one of the loudest football venues in the country.  Sooner fans love their crimson and cream and anyone within a mile of the hallowed field knows when the Sooners are playing well.  But right before the contest against Notre Dame last Saturday, the sold out crowd wasn’t screaming for their football heroes, they were cheering the Soldiers in camouflage and the red, white and blue.

Some 270 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen displayed one of the nation’s largest flags with the assistance of several cadets from OU’s ROTC program.  When the fans saw the Soldiers and soon to be Soldiers with the flag, the crowd rose to its feet and responded with a deafening ovation.

The flag, which spans an entire football field, was displayed from the back of the north end zone to the south end 10-yard line. The only space of the field remaining was for the OU band in the south end zone.

While the flag was displayed on the field, the crowd sang The National Anthem and fireworks exploded when the crowd reached ‘the bombs bursting in air.’

 

Photos by Maj. Geoff Legler, Public Affairs Office, Oklahoma National Guard

 

Video by Sgt. Christopher Bruce, Public Affairs Office, Oklahoma National Guard

 

Traditional Media Release – Oklahoma National Guard opens game day with pride

 

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 2006. He serves as a journalist in the 145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and also as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Oklahoma National Guard's Office of Public Affairs in Oklahoma City.


Maj. Geoff Legler

Maj. Geoff Legler has served as a Public Affairs Officer with the Oklahoma National Guard since 2002. He works full-time in the Oklahoma National Guard's Public Affairs Office.


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