With the Huskers playing at Purdue, a special team of patriots took the field Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.
For a stadium named for those who have served and sacrificed, it was only fitting they received first-class treatment while touring the facility. About 500 Husker fans, including some currently serving in the military and retired veterans walked through the halls plastered with photos of Husker greats before walking through the tunnel and onto the field.
The organization Husker Fans Salute The Troops organized the event and this was the sixth year the tour has been going on. "They'll take pictures of themselves and say boy, this is really an experience to get out here on the field and experience what the players get to experience when they come out here," said Kenlon Johannes, media coordinator of Husker Fans Salute The Troops.
Gayle Tams and his wife Patty toured the stadium and it brought back memories. “It makes you want to play football again." Gayle served in Vietnam from 1966-1968. "To see all the changes and improvement that have been made since then is just phenomenal. I just can't believe it.”
"We know our Husker fans at times who serve in the military have to go overseas and serve for us and really give quite a sacrifice to protect us,” said Johannes. “It's a way to give back to them and since they're big Husker fans, what a better way than let them tour the facilities."
After the tour they went to a hotel to watch the game on giant TV screens while being treated to lunch.