Gaels ask fans to wear red to support military families
Fans are encouraged to wear red to this week's Queen's football game as the Gaels pay tribute to Canadian military families and also honour four championship teams from Queen's past.
The No. 5 Queen's Gaels (2-0) will host the No. 10 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1) in week three of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport schedule with the game kicking off at 1 pm at Richardson Stadium.
This week's game is themed Military Appreciation and Legacy Day and will have a number of additional attractions prior to and during the game.
Queen's Athletics and Recreation has invited members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families to take part in the day with special sections assigned for them to enjoy the game. Queen's has also worked in conjunction with CFB Kingston to showcase military equipment and other demonstrations prior to kick-off.
“This will be a special weekend on many fronts,” said Brad Greenwood, Manager of Marketing, Communications and Events for Queen's Athletics and Recreation. “Our goal is to have as many spectators wear red to show their support of the military families. At the same time we will honour our history by celebrating the success of our storied championship teams.”
The pre-game will feature Kingston's Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Louis Cyr who will make a special arrival on field and take part in the ceremonial kick-off. In appreciation of Canada's military and the commitment their families make, fans have been encouraged to wear red at this week's game.
Not to be overshadowed, Queen's will also pay homage to its legacy this weekend by honouring four championship teams from the past during its halftime celebrations. Past members from the 1968 and 1978 Vanier Cup Championship squads will be showcased along with members of the 1963 Yates Cup Champions and the 1983 Dunsmore Cup Champions.
In 1963, Queen's captured what is the school's 16th Yates Cup beating the University of Toronto 19-15 in the championship matchup. The 1968 and 1978 are celebrating the anniversary of their victories in the Vanier Cup. The 1968 squad captured the school's first national title over Waterloo Lutheran (now Wilfrid Laurier) 42-14 and the 1978 team topped the University of British Columbia 16-3.
In 1983, Queen's earned the Dunsmore Cup title as the OQIFC champions and went on to make Queen's third-appearance in the Vanier Cup where they were runners up to the University of Calgary.
Tickets for this week's game can be purchased by calling 613-533-2500 or on game day at the gate.