Thursday wasn’t just any ordinary Thursday here in the United States. On Nov. 11, the country celebrates Veteran’s Day, a day to honor military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
And that is exactly what Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel did.
During his press conference on Thursday, before mentioning Tennessee, Georgia, or even the sport of football, Heupel began with a message filled with gratitude towards Veteran’s Day.
“Hey everybody, just with it being Veteran’s Day, I want to make sure I acknowledge the men and women that have served our country and currently do,” Heupel said. “To say thank you for all that you do. The sacrifices that you make and the opportunities that you provide and have provided for myself and all of those that enjoy what we have here inside of this country. So, thank you very much.”
Heupel went on to speak about the team and Tennessee’s upcoming game against Georgia. During his press conference, Heupel spoke about a few of Tennessee’s injured players, and how the Vols will try to slow down the Bulldogs in Neyland Stadium.
“Georgia, a really good football team in all three phases of the game,” Heupel said on Thursday. “Really good personnel across the board, playing at an extremely high level. Huge test for our football team. Have had a great week of preparation, excited to get to game day and go compete with our guys. Looking forward to that opportunity.”
Sunday, Nov. 14 will kick off Tennessee’s Salute to Service week on campus. On Thursday, Tennessee Athletics released a statement on the upcoming week of events.
“This year’s week-long celebration of Tennessee’s ultimate Volunteers includes special recognitions, ceremonies, celebrations, and opportunities for veteran and military families to attend a football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball game free of charge (additional details provided below). Since the introduction of the week-long recognition in 2018, Tennessee Athletics has welcomed thousands of military and veterans from across the southeast to numerous athletics events as part of Salute to Service Week.”
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 11, 2021