“This Veterans Day, President Obama will honor our nation’s veterans by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery and then by traveling to San Diego, California, to attend the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson,” the White House said in a statement. “He looks forward to a great game between Michigan State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”
This is the perfect event for President Obama as his passion for basketball is widely known. In fact, he regularly plays pick-up games with aides and special guests, and he fills out an NCAA tournament bracket each year for ESPN, who will broadcast the game live.
In addition to it being an amazing and unprecedented event, this announcement comes on the Navy’s 236th birthday.
“We’re honored that President Obama plans to attend the game on the Carl Vinson,” said Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan, the Navy’s chief spokesman. “The ship is a representative of more than 100 Navy ships that are deployed right now. We see this as a celebration of service for all veterans, and we also see this as a great opportunity to showcase what our Navy does on a daily basis.”
The 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic takes place Veterans Day on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. This amazing game between two great college rivals celebrates the service and the bravery of the men and women of the armed forces.
“We are excited to be part of an amazing event that commemorates the men and women who have, and continue to, put themselves in harm’s way to defend our nation, and pits two of the country’s most respected college basketball programs against one another,” said Jay Farner, President of Quicken Loans. “It is our honor on Veterans Day to recognize the service that so many have given to our nation.”