We recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.http://gty.im/1190306201
LJ59 Rusty Baynes, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-94http://gty.im/1228501615
LJ44 SSgt. Frank LeBlanc, Texas Army National Guard, 1983-2004http://gty.im/1183900979
FJ109 Dyrol Prioleau, U.S. Air Force, 1982-2005http://gty.im/1182936234
FJ31 Tech Sgt. Mearl Robinson, U.S. Air Force, 1998-2018http://gty.im/1197002845
BJ12 Greg Steed, U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves, 1986-94
RO Matt Sumstine, U.S. Navy, 1980-84http://gty.im/596896234
BJ38 Greg Yette, U.S. Army Infantry, 1991-92
Additionally, replay official Carl Madsen — who passed away in October — was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-76.
We also extend our thanks to our colleague, Football Zebras writer Rich Madrid, a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran who was deployed three times to the Middle East.
In time, we may see many more veterans in stripes, thanks to Battlefields to Ballfields — a charitable organization founded in 2016 by Mike Pereira that trains and equips veterans for officiating.
Photos: Getty Images, Hawaii Football Officials Association (Sumstine), NFL/Football Zebras graphic (Madsen)