Charger fans to thank veterans on Sunday

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Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2 41 22 PMSAN DIEGO –Fans at this weekend’s Chargers/Broncos game will have a special message for service members this Veterans’ Day weekend.

Fifty thousand people in stadium seats will hold signs that spell out “Thank you Military” and “Thank you Veterans.”

“We think it’s a great visual and a really great way to say thank you,” said Nicole Alley, spokesperson for USAA which is the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL.

NROTC volunteers spent Friday afternoon taping signs to each seat in the stadium.  The effort expected to take about 16 hours to complete.

“It’s just kind of to help out and to show the ones that are already out there that we thank them for what they’ve done so far,” said Christian Thiessen with NROT San Diego.

The message will be displayed right after the first quarter but it may air on TV during half-time.

“We’re going to have a PA announcer announce at a certain time throughout the game, ‘”Go ahead and hold up your card. Stand up,’” said Diane Millar who organizes card stunts like this at games all over the country.

Those involved with the effort said it’s a lot of work but well work it.

“You’ve got 50 thousand fans in one stadium thanking the military and veterans and what better way that than to do that over Veterans’ day and just to really show that appreciation,” said Diane Miller.