The Army’s Black Knights will face the Navy’s Midshipmen this Saturday, bringing an embarrassing 14-game losing streak against Navy with them.
If they go down again, however, they’ll go down fighting — and exceptionally well-dressed.
Their uniforms this year are inspired by the deeds of heroism done by the 82nd Airborne Division, a paratrooper unit that not only went on to accomplish great things in the Second World War but continues to serve as one of America’s top-tier strategic forces today.
“Highly trained and highly disciplined, the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne were asked to spearhead the invasions of Italy, Normandy and Holland,” according to BeatNavyUniform.com.
“With little to no reinforcements or relief in the most adverse conditions, their physical and mental toughness was pushed to the limits,” the website continues. Their unwavering brotherhood and intense dedication to success ultimately led to mission accomplishment.”
The unit, known as the “All American” Division, is honored with the Army’s uniform this year.
“This uniform was inspired by the World War II paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division,” the website read. “We honor the past by re-telling stories of valor, courage and sacrifice. Inspired, humbled and motivated by the soldiers that came before us, we don their patches, adopt their mottoes, and hold their deeds close to our hearts.”
— ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) December 5, 2016
The Army, like all services branches, holds its history and its memories dear.
And as a writer with a friend serving in the 82nd Airborne today, I am proud.
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