photos by JOSH DaFOE

Students, staff, parents, and community members came together at Del Norte High School to honor U.S. military personnel and first responders. Military and First Responder Appreciation Night is a special varsity football game held every year, the highlight of which is the recognition ceremony for local heroes. This year, 32 honorees were invited to the pre-game dinner and festivities. The Nighthawks players wore personalized patriotic jerseys bearing the names of honorees, which were given to them after the game.