PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Constitution Center and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering on a Soldier Mail Call program aimed at encouraging and supporting U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, a spokesperson announced Friday.
The program, which will allow fans to send postcards to soldiers overseas, will officially begin at the Lincoln Financial Center on Monday, November 7, when the Eagles host their annual Military Appreciation Day as they take on the Chicago Bears.
Eagles fans attending home games during the 2011 NFL season can visit the Soldier Mail Call tent on the HeadHouse Plaza to fill out the cards, which will be sent to the U.S. servicemen and women by the Liberty USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
“Eagles fans care a lot about their country,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner. “We can’t think of a better place to be on game day than at Lincoln Financial Field, helping fans send personal notes of appreciation to the brave men and women who protect our freedoms. It’s exciting to see the Eagles organization and the fans embrace the Soldier Mail Call program.”
“Philadelphia Eagles fans are incredibly patriotic and appreciative of the men and women who serve in the Military,” said Eagles President Joe Banner. “We are proud to do our part to make this connection with those serving overseas.”
The National Constitution Center also plans to honor the nation’s servicemen and women during a Veterans Day celebration on Friday, November 11. There will be several activities for visitors to participate in including a wreath laying ceremony, patriotic crafts and the opportunity to hear directly from local veterans.