The Penn Manor football team, marching band, and cheerleaders will host our Military Night celebration at the August 30, 2013 home football game. The event will honor the men and women who serve our country, area veterans and those lost in the line of duty. The Comets invite all members of the community to attend the game against Solanco High School at Millersville University’s Biemesderfer Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
Members of the military will be recognized throughout the evening. All military, past and present, will be admitted free with military identification. During the marching band’s performance prior to the game, individuals representing each branch of the armed services will be honored on the field. In addition to the activities throughout the evening, the Comets will be honoring the military in several ways that extend beyond the event.
Biodegradable balloons representing local individuals who are currently serving in the military will be released by the Gold Star Moms. Two special Gold Star Moms will participate, with their families, in the balloon launch; Denise Torbert, mother of Eric Torbert, Jr., a Penn Manor graduate and Marine killed in Afghanistan December 18, 2010 and Barb Benard, mother of Brett Adams, a Hempfield graduate who was killed in the line of duty on December 1, 2005 while serving in Iraq.
The Military Night Committee organizing the event asks that names of those serving or lost in the line of duty be submitted to PMMilitaryNight@gmail.com. There is no limit to the number of names you can submit.
Monetary donations collected throughout the August 30th event will be donated to the Pennsylvania Keystone Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports returning soldiers through counseling, education, physical recreation and support.
There will also be an opportunity to donate to the scholarship fund created by the Torbert Family and the scholarship fund created by the Adams Family in memory of their sons. These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors each year.
The Comets are also asking attendees to donate items for the Victory House. The Victory House is an organization in Lancaster that provides short term housing for homeless veterans. The items needed include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, tissues, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, disposable razors, and shaving cream.