By Teresa Varley
The Steelers will honor our nation's military veterans before their game against the Bengals on Sunday, with a VFW Color Guard from Meadville, Pa., as well as representatives from the different wars on the field for the National Anthem.
In addition, safety Troy Polamalu will host a group of Purple Heart Recipients as a part of Operation Once in a Lifetime, which grants wishes for military.
The group of U.S. Army soldiers, who are all Steelers fans stationed at Fort Hood, were wounded in combat but are still active in the Delta Company WTU (Wounded Transition Unit).
"I think it's important for every American to understand what their role is, the armed forces role in our daily lives," said Polamalu. "Our daily lives are affected by their commitment and their sacrifice they make for this country. They sacrifice not only their own lives.
"In the broader scheme of things they sacrifice time away from their families and their own personal daily freedoms that we have. They are not able to do things because they are overseas. It's important for people to realize the sacrifices they make for us and give them their due honor and respect."