By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko, Navy Public Affairs Det., Northwest
SEATTLE, Wash. (NNS) — The Seattle Seahawks honored service members throughout the Pacific Northwest at Qwest Field, Dec. 19, during pre-game ceremonies as part of an annual Military Appreciation Day celebration.
Prior to the game between Seattle and the Atlanta Falcons, service members from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard lined up behind the end zone as NFL team players shook hands and interacted with them during warm-ups. Some Sailors had the opportunity to re-enlist on the field before the game started.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to stand on this field and have the opportunity to re-enlist here, and I am speechless to be part of this event,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW) Stephen Ferderer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF) Bangor. “Seahawks is my team, and I am thankful to the Seahawks organization for making this possible for me and my family.”
The pre-game ceremonies included the U.S. Military Sea Hawker Color Guard and a performance of the National Anthem by national recording artist Elliott Yamin, and the unveiling of a giant American flag over midfield by local service members.
“It is an honor and true privilege to be part of this event and present the American flag,” said Gas Turbine Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) James Mohrmamn, USS Ford (FFG 54). “It is an amazing experience, and to be able to meet the NFL players was the best part.”
The game ended with a 34-18 Atlanta Falcons win over the Seahawks.
“This was a phenomenal experience,” said Lt. Michael Woodcock, PSNS and IMF mechanical branch officer. “This was the most exciting re-enlistment I have ever done, and it means a lot to see the local community support and see their appreciation to the military.”