This Friday, at their final home game of the regular season, the Lincoln-Way East Football program will be honoring military veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces with a “Salute the Troops” night. Each member of the varsity team will carry an American Flag onto the field as a sign of support for veterans and those currently serving. The football team has been supporting the military all season and even started a new tradition. Each week they selected a “Flag Carrier” to carry the U.S. Flag into the stadium with the team. The player carrying the flag that week is honoring a family member or friend that is currently serving or has served in the United States of America Armed Forces.
The actual flag they’ve carried was brought to the team by the Cap family. Bruno Cap is a senior linebacker on the varsity team. His brother, Sean, is a specialist in the U.S. Army and former Lincoln-Way North football player. Sean carried this very flag with him on his tour of duty in Kuwait and sent it home in hopes it will bring the Lincoln-Way East Football program the same steadfast determination and strength it gave him on his tour of duty.
The team also is selling “Salute the Troops”; t-shirts during school and at Friday’s game while supplies last. The proceeds will be donated to the Caring Patriots organization, who will be providing 1,000 food baskets to veterans and their families this Thanksgiving.