WELLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — More than a dozen veterans were honored at the Armed Forces football game at Wells High School Thursday night.
Students from Wells High School's football and field hockey teams raised money for the "House in the Woods" in the town of Lee. The house is a veterans' retreat where soldiers can bring family members to enjoy wilderness activities, while also sharing the struggles that many veterans share after leaving the military. The program is run by the family of a U.S. Army Sergeant from Maine who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
The students raised $2100, and Coach Tim Roche said they expected to raise even more at the game.
Families and booster club members hung and planted dozens of American flags in the athletic complex.
The Patriot Riders led the team onto the field and the team escorted more than a dozen veterans to midfield during the pre-game ceremonies.Two of those veterans played football at Wells High under Coach Roche.
The Armed Forces game is in its fourth year.
“I want to make sure these kids’ eyes are open to what these guys go through when they come home, whether it’s a physical ailment or mental ailment and we can help them in any way, because they are our most important people," said Coach Roche. "They’ve sacrificed themselves, their lives – we all see this every day, but I don’t know that we’re doing enough for them. One of the things that we’re trying to do is just make this a recognition for them, to say thank you to them for everything they’ve done for us so we can play on this great field that we have.”
The team wore camouflage jerseys which Coach Roche said would then be sent to a number of other Maine high schools for them to wear.
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