Friday night at the Brickyard, Thomson will pause to honor one of its fallen soldiers.
Prior to the Bulldog's first home game against Washington-Wilkes, Thomson Mayor Bob Knox will read a proclamation declaring it "Sgt. James Kinlow Day" in honor of the soldier who lost his life on patrol in Iraq on July 24. Sgt. Kinlow's son Chauncey is a sophomore on the team.
City Councilman Mike Carrington will also read a letter from Sgt. Kinlow's commanding officer, Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Combat Brigade.
The Bulldogs will wear the emblem of the unit along with a U.S. flag on their helmets this season in honor of Sgt. Kinlow and the 48th Brigade.
"It's nice that they're doing that," Chauncey told The Mirror earlier this month. "It shows that they're still able to be there for me after all this happened."
Old Bulldogs who plan to be in attendance for the event are former Georgia Tech and Green Bay Packers star Eddie Lee Ivery and former VMI player and current Augusta-based cardiologist Dr. Mac Bowman. Also, former Clemson player Jesse Hatcher - who Sgt. Kinlow served with - plans to attend.
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