56 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS OKLAHOMA STATE MISSOURI BOWL EVENTS WELCOME
2018 PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES
One of the great traditions of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is the annual recognition
and celebration of American patriotism during the pre-game festivities.
Bud Dudley, founder of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, founded the Bowl on the
ideals of liberty, patriotism and freedom. Today, that red, white and blue tradition continues,
as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl celebrates America. The field will be filled with
red, white and blue decorations and performers, as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl delivers
another rousing, patriotic pre-game show. The star-spangled celebration will feature
two special presentations.
The first will be a U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy swearing-in ceremony. Then get
on your feet for an extraordinary National Anthem performance by a St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital patient.
During these special presentations, members of the Tennessee Air National Guard
(TANG) will be escorting Miss AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Ansley Harden, and other Homecoming
USA attendants onto the field. Each attendant was selected as a Homecoming
Queen and invited to represent her community and state in this national program.
The winner of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School Marching Band Field Competition
will also be performing during today’s pre-game festivities. Today’s performing
high school band will have competed in this week’s Worldstrides OnStage field competition,
which involved more than a dozen bands from throughout the United States
vying for the opportunity to perform during the pre-game festivities.
Joining our many performers on the field are honorary team captains representing
some of the valued corporate partners supporting this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
To conclude today’s pre-game festivities, the game ball will be presented to Bill
Kinkade, President of the 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.