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Dear Readers:
In just a few days, Husker football players and coaches will begin preparation for the 2008 football season. And on Saturday, August 30th, a sea of red will be yelling and screaming in Memorial Stadium when the Huskers open against the Western Michigan Broncos.

Before the season begins, I want to remind everyone of a very special "Husker Fans' Salute To The Troops" weekend celebration coming up November 1st and 2nd. The event is being sponsored by Husker Dan and the Northeast Kansans For Nebraska, a Husker alumni group located in Topeka, Kansas.

The weekend activities will begin Saturday with a tour of the new Husker athletic facilities and a special "Tunnel Walk" experience at Memorial Stadium. There will also be a Husker Football Watch Party (NU vs OU) at the Cornhusker Hotel. The Watch Party will have snacks and beverages. On Sunday, there will be a brunch for the troopers and will include a color guard and awards ceremony. We have set aside 100 rooms at the Cornhusker Hotel for any veteran (from any war) or current trooper who registers for the event. We are also inviting ex-Husker football players and coaches to attend the celebration.

Many people have come forward with donations, but in order to make this event successful, we need your help more than ever. These brave men and women have risked their lives for the cause of freedom and don't ask for much in return. Most of these troopers have had to put their families, careers and lives on hold while they serve their country.

To donate or to register for the event, go to www.huskersalute.org. You donations are tax deductible and will help enable us to give a proper salute to these brave men and women. If you've already contributed, bless you! And if you haven't, please take a few minutes to do so! Thanks!

If you'd like to give Husker Dan a piece of your mind you may email Husker Dan at huskerdan@cox.net.  For past Husker Dan columns, click here.