In a ritual that resembles the patrols at the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Marines solemnly protect the reserved empty seat as a small memorial to those who cannot enjoy the game because they never returned home.
LSU has one of these too, they just debuted it in November. I wonder if we will see it spread to other stadiums.
Good gesture from both teams. Never really understood why the military and sports are so intertwined in America (my Irish coworker was actually the first person to point this out to me and make me wonder about it!), but I still think it's a nice gesture and a solid way to remember those who largely go unnoticed (POW/MIA.).
Feel bad for the guy having to stand there, but it's certainly an honor. Plus, he's in a dome instead of that awful Minnesota weather, so that's a plus!
Oooh Rah!!! The large majority of Marines I served with and active duty military I currently support are very active and as a result follow multiple sports closely and support them. It's a shame that the NFL had the whole protest going on during our anthem that means so much to our military members. I've only watched part of 1 game since they started that.