The Venue of Freedom

When Syracuse and San Diego State, along with fans, step onto the USS Midway for the "Battle on the Midway", they will be walking alongside the footprints of those who served for freedom.

In a world where freedom cannot be found everywhere, people struggle to find food and homes. Their individuality and creativity is stifled by oppression.

But, in America, today and every day, we have been given a gift. A gift in which you can never thank enough, but by living in appreciation, you can respect that gift.

As the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team faces off against the San Diego State Aztecs in the "Battle on the Midway", it is important to know the venue that the teams have chosen.

The USS Midway was created in the early 1940s and began service in 1945 as a part of the United States Naval family. The aircraft carrier would travel to Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Japan with more than 200,000 veterans aboard it in almost 50 years of service.

Not only did the USS Midway aid the United States when needed, it came home safe, and is used today to continue to honor the United States Navy.

The USS Midway has been spoken of as a museum by numerous outlets, and that is true, but it does so much more than provide history in the land, and sea, of freedom. The aircraft carrier is home to ceremonies that celebrate the opening and closing of service, with re-enlistments and retirements both happening aboard the USS Midway, as well as events honoring a change in command.

Those who protect freedom, past, present, and future, all have, are, and will walk atop the same monument of United States' values as the Orange and Aztecs will for their season-opener.

A win is important to both sides as in any other game. But unlike every other game, this match is on the grounds of a freedom fighter on the day reserved for those who serve and have served, Veterans' Day.

Whichever team wins, the same outcome will be true. Neither Syracuse nor San Diego State would be suiting up to play if those that came before them did not first suit up for the United States.

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