GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) – It was quite the scene at Grand Ledge High School where the varsity football team’s biggest play happened even before the game clock started ticking.
It was a special night for the Grand Ledge Comets football team, as they hit the field to honor and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.
“It’s an honor and it’s a wonderful thing what the kids are doing to help honor our heroes,” said Ann Gould who lost her son in Afghanistan more than five years ago.
For the past seven years, the Grand Ledge football team has sported the names of soldiers who lost their lives in battle.
For the families of these fallen soldiers, it’s truly a remarkable feeling.
“It’s humbling because they were just our husbands, our dads, our sons, our uncles so for us they were human just a person but to everybody else they’re a hero so they become our hero too,” Catie Youmins-Eichler stated who lost her husband in war more than 10 years ago.
The stands were packed as the Grand Ledge community came together to recognize lives lost too soon.
“These kids actually get it, they actually understand what the sacrifices of the families have made and its very important to us to make sure their legacy is not forgotten,” said John Ellsworth who lost his son in Iraq back in 2004.
It was an emotional experience for families though as players handed over their jerseys with their loved ones name printed on the back at the end of the game.
“You can’t put it into words, it gets that little fire in your belly going and says my son meant something in this world,” said Jim Gould who lost his son in Afghanistan more than five years ago.