This is a great way to get ready for the Military Appreciation game.
Tech contingent visits Salem VA Medical Center
On a cloudy, rainy and otherwise dreary Friday, 12 seniors on the Virginia Tech football team and head coach Frank Beamer hopped on a bus and traveled 30 minutes up Interstate 81 to add a little sunshine into the lives of those who have given so much in the name of freedom.
Putting their final preparations for Saturdays game with East Carolina on hold for a couple of hours, the Tech contingent went to the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center in nearby Salem, Virginia, to visit with military veterans dealing with various health issues. Tomorrows game against East Carolina serves as Military Appreciation Day, and the football programs visit to Salem was one of many ways planned for the weekend to honor those who have served or are serving.
This is a trip that works both ways, Beamer said after the visit. Its for us to say thank you to them for what all theyve done for the country and thanks for our freedom and for the sacrifices because there are some sacrifices in that building right there [pointing to the medical center].
And then, I think, for our players, there will be a new feeling the next time they put their hand over hearts for the Star-Spangled Banner before the start of a ball game. I think its one of those things that works both ways...