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UK announces Heroes’ Day game details

There will be a new way to acquire free Heroes’ Day tickets this year.

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We’re just over two weeks away from the Kentucky Wildcats kicking off their 2019 season on Aug. 31 vs. Toledo.

The following week, UK will host its annual Heroes’ Day game vs. Eastern Michigan on Sept. 7 at Kroger Field, the school announced Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST

The annual event honors all active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders by offering one complimentary game ticket to each hero.

One change UK is making this year is these free tickets will be available through GovX instead of in person as in previous seasons. Through this new partnership with GovX, UK will offer members of eligible Heroes’ Day groups one complimentary ticket to the game in addition to specially priced guest tickets by purchasing at UKathletics.com/GovX. UK will continue to honor these groups throughout the 2019 season with discount-priced ticket offers through GovX to all home football games.

Among the plans for Heroes’ Day are a football-field size American flag for the national anthem presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, recognition of personnel throughout the game, and military VIPs in attendance.