Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler showed his military appreciation at the Connecticut Street Armory Sunday, for the New York Army National Guard Freedom Salute Ceremony.
The ceremony included the welcoming home of 116 New York Army National Guard 105th Military Police Company soldiers, who just finished their nine month deployment in Iraq. The soldiers were overseas in support of Operation New Dawn.
"If they're not overseas serving and protecting us here, we wouldn't have the freedom and liberties that we do," said Chandler. "I'm not able to do what I do unless they do what they do."
After the ceremony, Chandler signed autographs and took photos with fans, as many of the soldiers were Bills fans and season ticket holders.
Army National Guard soldier Robin Honeycutt has been a season ticket holder since 2010. Excited for the Bills 2012 season, Honeycutt was appreciative to have Chandler's support.
"He played great last year, and it shows a lot that he made it out here, especially for the community," said Honeycutt. "The Bills mean the world to Western New York."
Chandler was happy to pay tribute to the soldiers, thanking them for their service to our community.
"We have an obligation to serve our community," said Chandler. "They serve us, they come out on Sundays and support us so we need to be out in the community supporting them."