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ASU hosts Military Appreciation Day

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, prepares for the coin toss to begin the Military Appreciation Day game at the Angelo State University’s LeGrande Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. During the halftime ceremony, Mills also swore in approximately 50 delayed entry program individuals from different branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, prepares for the coin toss to begin the Military Appreciation Day game at the Angelo State University’s LeGrande Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. During the halftime ceremony, Mills also swore in approximately 50 delayed entry program individuals from different branches of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, greets the referees during the Military Appreciation Day game at Angelo State University’s LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. The game was between ASU and Northern Michigan University and was a rematch of last year’s ASU victory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, greets the referees during the Military Appreciation Day game at Angelo State University’s LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. The game was between ASU and Northern Michigan University and was a rematch of last year’s ASU victory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

Angelo State University ROTC students unfold the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the Military Appreciation Day at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. Along with the ceremonial unfolding of the flag the ROTC students also celebrated each touchdown with a run to the end zone and pushups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

Angelo State University ROTC students unfold the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the Military Appreciation Day at LeGrand Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. Along with the ceremonial unfolding of the flag the ROTC students also celebrated each touchdown with a run to the end zone and pushups. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Syrus Alfaro, 315th Training Squadron student, one of 50 student volunteers, has his tie fixed while preparing for the Military Appreciation Day at Angelo State University’s LeGrande Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. Alfaro and the other volunteers held flags from each U.S. state during the Oath of Enlistment during the halftime ceremony.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Syrus Alfaro, 315th Training Squadron student, one of 50 student volunteers, has his tie fixed while preparing for the Military Appreciation Day at Angelo State University’s LeGrande Stadium in San Angelo, Texas, Sept. 9, 2017. Alfaro and the other volunteers held flags from each U.S. state during the Oath of Enlistment during the halftime ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

During halftime of the Military Appreciation Day game, approximately 50 delayed enlistment program individuals take the Oath of Enlistment at Angelo State University’s LeGrand in San Angelo Tex. Sept. 9, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, administered the oath to future Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

During halftime of the Military Appreciation Day game, approximately 50 delayed enlistment program individuals take the Oath of Enlistment at Angelo State University’s LeGrand in San Angelo Tex. Sept. 9, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, administered the oath to future Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Angelo State University hosted their annual Military Appreciation Day game against Northern Michigan University, which was free to all active duty, their dependents and former military, at the LeGrand Stadium Sept. 9.

The Military Appreciation Day is one of several events that the San Angelo Community provides to show their support for Team Goodfellow and all military members.

The day started off with a Ram Jam providing free food and entertainment for all those who attended. Among the tents of local organizations were military tents supplying food and drinks.

The opening ceremonies consisted of the national anthem and the unfolding the American flag by the ASU ROTC students as the start of the pre-game events.

Once it was time for the game to begin, Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, who has a local connection to San Angelo, was invited to toss the coin.

“We always have a commander do the coin toss, but it’s really awesome to have a local connection,” said Susan Williams, ASU director of military and veteran’s services. “ASU enjoys a really close relationship with our military members. Having someone from here and for them to be able to do this for us is great.”

During the halftime show, approximately 50 people in the delayed enlistment program took the Oath of Enlistment showing their willingness to start their military career.

“It was nerve wracking enlisting in front of so many people,” said Jeanne Davis, Air Force recruit. “I am really proud to do this, and it makes me feel like I finally made the right decision. I always wanted to enlist, I watched other people follow their dreams and it was time for me to follow mine.”

During the oath of enlistment, 50 volunteers from Goodfellow Air Force Base held U.S. state flags.

“The community supports us so much that I wanted to come out and show our appreciation,” said Airman Avery Safley, 315th Training Squadron student.

Williams shared the appreciation of the community.

“It is important to do these kinds of things because I don’t know that we get a chance often enough to express our appreciation to our military,” said Williams. “We want to thank people for their service, and we can say those in words, but this is something that we can do where we try and pay back our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marine.”