Bossier High School will be recognizing local veterans Friday night during their home football game.
Principal David Thrash said Barksdale Night is their way of saying thank you in a simple, but meaningful way.
“We are asking that any active or non active military families, law enforcement and fire department join us on the field at half time,” Thrash said. “We want to show our appreciation for the service they provide and the vital part they play to our community and our school system.”
All military and their families will be allowed into the football game for free if they wear their uniform or show a military ID. Thrash said firemen and police officers will also be allowed into the game against Green Oaks for free.
Lt. Col. Jon Johnson, JROTC Commander and event organizer, said the recognition extends beyond the boundaries of Barksdale Air Force Base.
“We have a lot of students whose parents are members of the police force and fire department,” Johnson said. “This is our way to honor and acknowledge that they are part of our community.”
This is the first time Bossier High has formally invited veterans to participate in a special recognition. Thrash said their appreciation, however, has been longstanding.
“They do so much that goes unnoticed and this is a way for us to recognize them,” Thrash said.
The Bearkats will take on Green Oaks at home Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 7 p.m. All police, firefighters and military personnel are invited to attend and participate at halftime.
For more information, call 549-6680.