TOWNSHIP OF HANOVRE, COUNTY OF LUZERNE (WBRE / WYOU) – A local high school dedicated its last home football game of the season to members of the military and community first responders.
There was an explosive entry as the Hanover area Hawkeyes charged into the field with American flags and camouflage jerseys. Thursday’s game against Nanticoke had a bigger goal in this school community.
“It’s really special to cheer, like knowing that you are cheering on your footballers but also the military,” said Izzy Curcio.
Students, staff and families from the Hanover region paid tribute to the military and first responders.
“Here we naturally celebrate our seniors for football and cheerleading but, to be honest with you, it is very important for us as a whole, as a district, to bring the communities together, not just Hanover but also those that describe us. and that’s what it is, ”said Christa Langdon, Hanover area teacher.
The district has partnered with the Pennsylvania National Guard to bring military equipment and a huge American flag to Memorial Stadium.
“We’re always looking to re-recruit individuals to serve in the community they live in. That’s kind of what’s great about the National Guard, you can serve the nation but you can also serve your community,” said Jeremy Whitmer, captain of the Pennsylvania National Guard. noted.
Almost 1,000 bespoke t-shirts were sold to raise funds for the St. Hedwig Rehab Program and the VA Hospital.
“We all have free, public education every day, which is a testament to what they fought for and what they sacrificed themselves for, so tonight we honor them and we will continue to do so,” a said Hanover region superintendent Nathan Barrett.
On an evening of patriotism, everyone was honored to be part of both sides of the stadium.
“I just think it’s really amazing. Like, it’s so cool and different. It’s never happened here before and I think it’s really cool to do, ”said sophomore Paige Engleman.