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Dolphins plan salute to military, aid disabled vets during game against Washington

The Dolphins’ next game-day tribute should offend no one.

The game against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 13 will salute the military and veterans. A special ticket package will include a donation to Disabled American Veterans.

As part of this ticket program, fans can purchase an upper level ticket for $49 or a lower level ticket for $99 for either the Redskins game or the Buffalo Bills game on Nov. 20. The package includes a $10 donation to the DAV.

The Dolphins face a difficult task in selling tickets for a team that is 0-7 this season and was 1-7 at home in 2010. The ceremony honoring the University of Florida’s 2008 national championship team stirred controversy but did boost ticket sales for the game against the Broncos. However, it took the Dolphins and sponsor Bud Light buying up unsold tickets to avoid a television blackout for that and the previous home game.

To add interest, the Dolphins are planning special celebrations at each remaining home game, including induction of the late Jim Mandich into the team’s Honor Roll on Dec. 4 (vs. Oakland) and a Dolphins “Lifetime Achievement Award” presentation to Howard Schnellenberger on Dec. 11 (vs. Philadelphia).

Plans for the tribute to the military and veterans includes: pregame enlistment; national anthem by Parris Island Marine Band; U.S. Navy flyover; Coast Guard Color Guard; sailors from the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) on the field holding the giant American flag; military vehicles including a mini-jet F-16 on the AT&T Grand Plaza; military-themed music throughout the game and for cheerleader end zone performance; and “Salute to Service” wall banners in the end zones or sidelines.

“The Miami Dolphins have made a commitment to our brave defenders that will help ensure our nation lives up to its obligation to those who’ve served,” said Donald L. Samuels, National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

The Disabled American Veterans is the nation’s oldest, largest and primary non-profit organization serving disabled veterans, their families and survivors. For more information on DAV, please visit

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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