Redskins Salute Service Members

By William Selby
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in the Washington Redskins Salute to Service Day, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park on May 24, 2017 in Ashburn, Va. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)

While May 24 may have been an insignificant date for some, for more than 150 active duty service members, veterans and their family it will be remembered as the day they were honored by the Washington Redskins football team at their training facility in Ashburn, Va.

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in the Washington Redskins Salute to Service Day in Ashburn, Va. During the event, service members were given exclusive access to the training facility and observed the team during a private practice session. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)

Redskins Salute, the official military appreciation sponsor of the Washington Redskins, hosted the service members and their families for a day of fun while taking in the organized team activities, known as OTAs, a term used for offseason practices.

Similar Salute to Service events are hosted throughout the National Football League in order to “elevate military appreciation across the league among players, teams and fans,” according the NFL web website.

After practice, the players and coaches signed autographs for the people in attendance and took photos with them. It was obvious that there was a mutual respect between the service members and players, from one team of professionals to another.

For more photos from the event, visit Flickr.

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