The Dallas Cowboys will wear a red stripe on their helmets in Sunday’s home contest against the Denver Broncos as part of their “Salute to Service” game to honor the United States military.
The Cowboys are wearing the stripe for the first time since 1976, when they added it alongside the red and white stripes for the nation’s bicentennial.
“This will truly be a special day for all of us as we salute the men and women around the world who protect and defend our country,” Charlotte Jones, the Cowboys’ executive vice president and chairman of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, said in a statement. “We are honored to have our Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, representing the 3,508 recipients of the nation’s most prestigious military decoration, who made heroic sacrifices, many the ultimate sacrifice, while preserving our freedom.
“The red stripe on the helmet provides a beautiful ribbon to wrap around this salute to those who currently serve our country’s military – and the patriotic love and appreciation that we all share for those who came before them.”
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A view of the special red white and blue striped Dallas Cowboys helmets as worn by long snapper Jake McQuaide (44) before the game between the Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium.
Both the Cowboys and Broncos will wear helmet decals in recognition of the National Medal of Honor Museum – which will break ground in Arlington, Texas, in 2022 – and the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program as well as one of the American flag. Medal of Honor recipients will also be honored at halftime.
Sunday’s game between Dallas and Denver kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. The game is expected to mark the return of quarterback Dak Prescott after he sat out last Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys bring a six-game win streak into the matchup.
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