IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa did a variety of things to honor servicemen Saturday on Military Appreciation Day at Kinnick Stadium.
And the Matson family of Davenport was a big part of that. Davenport alderman Mike Matson and members of his family were presented as the Fight for Iowa honorees for the game during a break in the action with 4 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Matson is a former Army Ranger who spent 20 years in the service. A retired sergeant major, he now heads up the Junior ROTC program in the Davenport school district.
Appearing with him were his son, Joe, who currently is in the Army and stationed in Georgia, and his father, a Korean War veteran. Matson’s late grandfather also served in World War I.
It was one of many things Iowa did Saturday to honor military personnel. More than 80 service men and women lined up at the north end of the field at 5-yard intervals during the national anthem.
Col. George Dane of Iowa City, represented by his sons Bob and Bill, was honored as the Hero of the Game during the first quarter. Iowa’s ROTC senior class was recognized in the third quarter. Twitter excerpts with the hashtag #MilitaryHawkeyes were shown on the scoreboard throughout the game. Even Herky the Hawk came out before the game dressed in military fatigues.