Allan Hancock College’s home football game October 29 will feature a patriotic salute to the U.S. Armed Forces as the Bulldogs face the Ventura College Pirates at 6 p.m. at the Righetti High School stadium.

It will be the ninth year in a row for Allan Hancock College and its community partners to feature a special salute to the military at one of its home football games.

The first 200 military members, veterans and their families to pick up advance tickets will be admitted at no charge to the game and served a free tri-tip meal.  A special halftime presentation is also planned to honor local active duty military and veterans.  The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Big Daddy’s Oak Pit BBQ and CoastHills Federal Credit Union have joined with Allan Hancock College to sponsor the special event.

“Our military – whether past or present – sacrifices for all of us.  We want to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts in maintaining our nation’s peace and strength,” said Kim Ensing, Allan Hancock College’s associate dean, kinesiology, recreation & athletics.

All active duty military members, veterans, and their families must hold a special ticket entitling them to the evening’s events, including free game admission and the pre-game barbecue.  The tickets are free of charge and may be obtained at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  Base personnel should contact the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office at (805) 606-3595 to obtain tickets.

For more information, call 922-6966 ext. 3227.