By Ken Rice

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of the greatest traditions in all of sports is the annual Army-Navy Game and it will be shown on KDKA-TV this weekend.

It’s a game and a legacy infused with patriotism, pride, honor and respect.

Nowhere do those ideals resonate more, than here in Pittsburgh.

People here have always had an especially deep appreciation of our soldiers and sailors.

This region not only sent thousands of its young men to fight the world wars.

But, also produced the steel that protected them – in weapons, warships and planes.

Pittsburgh was the “arsenal of democracy.”

And that heritage goes much deeper. In Lawrenceville, the Allegheny Arsenal, which pumped out equipment for the North in the Civil War, exploded.

Some Pittsburghers thought it was the beginning of a Confederate invasion.

A total of 78 workers were killed.

But Pittsburgh and the Union cause braved on.

If you want to go way back, it was at what’s now Point State Park that a young general named George Washington began his military career.

He helped drive the French from what was then called Fort Duquesne.

In Korea and Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, Pittsburghers have served with courage and commitment.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf said, “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

Men and women.

As Maya Angelou said, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.”
To all who serve, all who, as Abraham Lincoln said, “Bravely bear your country’s cause,” thank you.

To the families of those who serve, we honor your support and your sacrifice.

All of us at KDKA-TV want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season.

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