Veterans Surprised with Trip to Vikings Game in Washington, DC

November 10, 2017 07:31 PM

Five local veterans got quite a surprise Friday from the Minnesota Vikings and Hy-Vee. They're spending Veterans Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

The veterans thought they had been invited to have breakfast at the Hy-Vee store in Eagan with some Vikings’ greats. Instead, Vikings Hall of Famer Paul Krause walked in and announced, "Each of you will be traveling with me to Washington, DC today!"


Krause informed the veterans they were going to watch the Vikings play the Redskins. They literally left for the airport right after breakfast.

Family members helped by getting their things together. Viktor, the Vikings mascot, and Vikings cheerleaders handed out their packed bags.

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The veterans were stunned.

"This is way more than what I was expecting. Way more," said veteran Tiffany Ziemer of Randolph.

Minnesota Vikings Executive Director of Social Impact Brett Taber told the group, "We are just so appreciative of the service of each and every one of you have provided to our country. We couldn't have the freedoms we enjoy without you."

The veterans will spend Veterans Day attending a special ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Then, they'll get a private tour of the U.S. Capitol building.

Saturday night they'll go on a moonlight tour of the war memorials, and Sunday they'll be on the field before the football game and have great seats to watch the Vikings play Washington.

The Vikings and Hy-Vee worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to select the five veterans from a pool of 500 that had been nominated. It's all part of the NFL's Salute to Service Military Appreciation Campaign.


Kevin Doran

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