Falcons vs. Saints
The national anthem will be performed by "129 & Counting," a very entertaining quartet whose melodious, nostalgic chords have charmed audiences in the classic American style, four-part, a cappella harmony for years. Their combined 129 years of being active members in the Barbershop Harmony Society is proof enough that they have gained the experience and have resolved that they are going to just, "Keep Counting." They have been performing for the Falcons for years. Tenor, Bill Schreiner has performed for the Falcons since 1969. Together with lead singer, Shelby Robert, baritone, Bob Snelling and bass, Ray Taylor makes up the quartet.
Presenting the colors is the Georgia National Guard 48th Infantry Brigade. The 48 Infantry Brigade Combat team is headquartered in Macon, Ga. The Brigade's motto is "Volunteers — Send Me!" from the early Macon Volunteers, founded in 1823. It is made up of more than 3,500 citizen soldiers from every corner of the state. During the past 10 years, the 48th IBCT has mobilized to federal service and deployed to Bosnia, Iraq and most recently returning from a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2010. The 48th IBCT Color Guards are under the direction of SFC Stanley Walker.
For halftime, Verizon, Operation Homefront and the Atlanta Falcons present a Salute to the Armed Forces. During this special halftime ceremony, we will pay tribute to those who are serving and have served in each of the five branches of the military.