Veterans to be honored at Woodmont vs. Riverside game

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The Woodmont-Riverside football game this Friday night will feature several special events honoring veterans.

“We are dedicating this game to honor and remember all the families, men and women that have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Woodmont Athletic Booster President Sophia Jackson. “We hope to have our stands filled with American Flags waving in honor of the local VFW men and women, wounded warriors and other veterans in our stands this evening.”

To start things off, the game ball is being flown in by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and will be walked onto the field and presented to the game officials by local Wounded Warriors.

Local military vehicles will parade around the field. Fans and guests will be reminded that the football stadium is named for a Woodmont High Alumni who was killed in action in Vietnam. Alfred Whitt was football player #73 and a Captain on the first Woodmont High School Football team and a member of the first Woodmont High graduating class of 1966.

Shortly after graduation in 1968, he was drafted into the Army and sent to South Vietnam. Just weeks after being drafted, he became a casualty of the Vietnam war. The Woodmont High School Football Field is dedicated to Alfred Whitt.

A “Wall of Remembrance” will also be there for all to sign the names of family members that are past and present veterans.