Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division appear live during the Super Bowl LIII opening ceremony from Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.  MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division appear live during the Super Bowl LIII opening ceremony from Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Super Bowl honors American soldiers serving in South Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Dozens of American soldiers stationed in South Korea enjoyed a few seconds in the Super Bowl spotlight when they were featured in a live shot during the national anthem.

The camera zoomed in on about 100 members of the 2nd Infantry Division and other units as Gladys Knight belted out a powerful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“It was an absolute honor to represent the country,” said Maj. Jason Harrington, a 36-year-old Patriots fan from Abington, Mass. “That three to five seconds that we had on national TV is special because it really highlights the efforts, the sacrifice … all those key buzzwords. It goes a long way.”

The Super Bowl traditionally honors the military, but it was the first time the 2nd ID appeared in the brief live shot before kickoff. The New England Patriots went on to beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

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