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Vanderbilt to honor fallen soldiers with special Veterans Day uniforms

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COURTESY OF VANDERBILT ATHLETICS

When Vanderbilt takes the field Saturday against Kentucky, the Commodores will be offering a special tribute to soldiers who gave their lives in service.

Each Commodores player will be wearing the names of fallen soldiers on their jerseys in a “Salute to Service” for Veterans Day, the athletic department announced.

In addition to the name of a soldier, players also will wear the military branch patch of the soldier on the front of the jersey.

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An example: When Oren Burks makes a tackle Saturday against the Wildcats, he’ll be wearing a jersey with the name of Spc. Christopher Horton, who died in 2011 in combat in Afghanistan. And when Ralph Webb carries the ball, his jersey will honor Cpl. Eric A. Thompson of the Marine Corps, who died in action in 2012.

The school has compiled a brief biography of each of the soldiers as well as which player will be honoring that soldier on his jersey. The soldiers include not only those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also Vietnam and other conflicts dating to 1949.

The tribute was arranged through Medals of Honor, which works to honor those who died in military service and their families.

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