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updated: 11/12/2013 4:02 PM

Huskies to honor veterans at game

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DEKALB -- Northern Illinois University will honor the nation's veterans before and during Wednesday's game with Ball State.

There will be numerous activities to commemorate the veterans, active members of the military and emergency first responders.

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The national anthem will be sung by inspirational singer Jim Cornelison, who regularly sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Heroes Game coin flip will feature honorary captain Albert Riippi. Riippi is an 87-year-old veteran of World War II who was an NIU letter-winner in 1944. New NIU President Doug Baker, Gov. Pat Quinn and state Rep. Bob Pritchard will join him.

An auction for the patriotic jerseys worn in the game continues online until Nov. 19.

The undefeated Huskies host Ball State, which has lost only one game.

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