TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— An American flag that flew over the Navy ship USS America (LHA 6) on both Memorial Day and the 4th of July has been presented to the organizers of the TC Patriot Game. The flag, along with a shell that was used during their Memorial Day salute, will be given to the family of an honorary captain during the game.
The family of U.S. Navy SEAL Heath Robinson of Petoskey will be one of three honorary captains. Robinson was killed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring
Freedom in 2011.
“It’s so appropriate to present this flag and shell to the Robinson family,” says USS America executive officer Captain Luke Frost. “When the flag was flown our ship was moored in the same waters where Robinson trained as a Navy SEAL near Coronado, California. It’s a way to honor his sacrifice and the sacrifice made by his whole family.”
Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game takes the annual football clash between TC Central High School and TC West Senior High School to honor active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those from northern Michigan who have recently died in action while serving our country.
The game, this year, will be held Friday, September 20th. Veterans, first responders and active duty military are invited to get in the game for free and take part in a pre-game ceremony that honors their service.
Commemorative shirts are currently on sale at select locations with the proceeds going to support Veterans In Crisis. The organization serves as a safety net in 21 northern Michigan counties for Veterans dealing with emergency needs. Presenting sponsor of the game is Fox Motors. Other sponsors include: Serra of Traverse
City, Williams Chevy, 4-Front Credit Union, EXIT Realty, Brady’s Bar and Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union. Other sponsors include: Bill Marsh Auto, Traverse City Area Public Schools, Meijer, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Allen-Kent Photography, Folgarelli’s Market, Jimmy John’s and Pepsi. The game also received a grant from the Anne & Les Biederman Foundation.