HUGHESVILLE --It was a dramatic start to Hughesville’s first football game of the season as a skydiver brought down the game ball Friday night.
The evening was Hughesville’s second annual military appreciation night, a dedication to all members of the military, past, present, even future.
“This is just an incredible event. This is as close to 1950 small town America as you could ever come, the feeling of patriotism," said Hughesville Schools Superintendent Mike Pawlik.
Hughesville football players wore special jerseys in honor of the military.
Active members of the military and veterans got into the game free and were recognized on the field for their service. There were musical tributes, the presentation of the colors, honor guard and more.
“This year is a little bit more special for us because his brother and my son just joined the military and left Tuesday for basic training, so for me it’s a little bit more emotional,” said Heidi Lozano of Hughesville.
“This is very exciting, and to start the football season with this, it’s amazing,” said Christy Babb, a Hughesville teacher.
Organizers say they plan to continue military appreciation night year after year and make it bigger and better.
“I want it to be bigger and better every year, so yes, definitely every year,” said Hughesville athletic director Kevin Steele.
As part of this year’s military night, there was even a special swearing in ceremony for military recruits.