49ers Honor Military Appreciation Month in Week 9

Take a look at the top images of the 49ers Salute to Service games.

Each November, the 49ers and the NFL salute the United States Armed Forces.

Throughout the month, players and coaches will wear camouflage gear and teams will have a Salute to Service game to honor members of the United States Armed Forces. With San Francisco's Salute to Service game coming up on Sunday, Nov. 6. here are a few things you should know about before the 49ers take the field against the New Orleans Saints.

During the Week 9 game against the Saints, the 49ers will host 150 military personnel from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy to present a field-sized American Flag during the National Anthem, There will also be a flyover from nearby Moffett Air Force Base to culminate the anthem. At the half, there will be a celebration to honor to the Marine Corps' 100 years of service to the San Francisco Bay Area.

If any of the gear the players or coaches wear throughout November catches your eye, check out the 49ers team stores for hats, jackets and more great Salute to Service items. You can find all of these items and more at either team store location and at Shop49ers.com.

Here is a look at some of the amazing Salute to Service items available:

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The 49ers Museum presented by SONY, at Levi's® Stadium, has a brand new exhibit opening in the month of November. It salutes the members of the 49ers organization that have served the United States Armed Forces.

Starting Sunday, the museum will open an exhibit called "Gridiron Heroes: The Stories of the 49ers Military Veterans."

The exhibit explores the military experiences of 49ers players, coaches, and executives to honor their service and sacrifice. Nearly every member of the 49ers inaugural team in 1946 had contributed to the war in some way, most through active service in the United States Armed Forces. Though the majority of 49ers who served our country did so during World War II, many others served during the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. For these soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen, football remained a passion shared amongst servicemen of all ranks and occupations.

This photo is a prominent feature of the exhibit with the members of the inaugural 1946 San Francisco 49ers distinguished by the different branch of the United States Armed Forces they served.

Members of the Navy- Shaded Blue
Members of the Marines- Shaded Red
Members of the Army- Shaded Dark Green
Members of the Air Force- Shaded Gold

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The exhibit is free on Nov. 6 and Dec. 11 for SBL members. The museum will also grant free admission to active and retired Military Nov. 6 through Nov. 11.

It turns out that at least 114 former players, coaches and scouts have served in our nation's armed forces.

We offer our thanks for their service by listing this distinguished group of men together.

If you know of other former 49ers who also served, please email us so that we can include them in our list.

Research contributed by Beth Atlas, Joe Hession and Jerry Walker.

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