Paloma Valley High School to Hold Military Appreciation Night
MENIFEE, CA – For the third year in a row, Paloma Valley High School will host “The Big Flag,” measuring 100 by 50 yards, to honor veterans and active military personnel during its home football game. The flag is one of the largest ceremonial American flags in the U.S., and is regularly used in large public sporting events such as the Super Bowl, World Series and National Football League (NFL) games. Paloma Valley High School is one of only two schools to host the “Big Flag” and is believed to be the only high school to host the flag multiple times.
On Friday 9-8-2017, approximately 250 Paloma Valley students, including Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets, will unfurl the flag to pay tribute to veterans at 6:45 p.m. After which the game between Paloma Valley and Martin Luther King High will start at 7:15 p.m.
“We value character and service at Paloma Valley High School, and we believe there is no greater example of those characteristics than our men and women who serve in the military,” said Michael Pfeiffer, Athletic Director of Paloma Valley High School. “We are holding Military Appreciation Night to highlight the traits and people that we hope our students will emulate.”
“The Big Flag” measures 100 by 50 yards (45,000 square feet) and covers one football field when fully deployed. It is made of lightweight nylon and weighs approximately 850 pounds.
All veterans with a service ID card get in to the game free (dependents reduced admission). Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students with a school ID card.