MISSOULA - The University of Montana gave veterans the opportunity to attend Saturday's football game for free to honor them -- as well as all who serve and protect our country.
More than 800 wildland firefighters, emergency responders, veterans and their family members attended the game against the Northern Colorado Bears. Local sponsors, along with Grizzly Athletics and the University of Montana all worked together to raise money to make Saturday possible.
"It was really a community effort a lot of people pitched in a lot of donations came through and the DNRC firefighters and the firefighting community around Missoula really responded to our invite," said UM Football Assistant Information Director Eric Taber.
"All we wanted to do is say thank you guys and say thank you to the people like I said that protected our communities all year long, and in the forest fire season and protect our community and our country every day at home and abroad in our military," Tabe added.
The Grizzly's senior players were also honored during Saturday's win over Northern Colorado.