Former 49ers quarterback and Hall of Famer Joe Montana showed his support for fallen troops in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, posting on social media an American flag with the caption, “Today we salute our fallen and give thanks to those who have made the greatest sacrifice. #MemorialDay.”
Montana joined various other football icons, including the NFL itself, various teams and figures, who honored the fallen on Memorial Day.
The NFL wrote, “This #MemorialDay, the NFL honors the service members and their families who have given their lives for our country. We will never forget their sacrifice. #SaluteToService.”
The league’s post also included an image of a statue of veteran and former NFL player Pat Tillman, who gave up his football career to join the Army. Tillman was killed in a friendly fire incident while serving in combat in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.
The New England Patriots shared video of team owner Robert Kraft joining Town of Foxboro locals in a wreath laying ceremony at Patriot Place flag garden.
“Infinite gratitude,” the team tweeted. “Robert and Josh Kraft, joined by representatives from the Town of Foxboro, honored our fallen heroes during a wreath laying ceremony at our @PatriotPlace flag garden this Memorial Day weekend.”
The Chicago Bears posted an image of Soldier Field displaying a number of American flags, tweeting, “Today and every day we honor the fallen veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. #MemorialDay.”
The Atlanta Falcons shared several photos of service members running onto the football field carrying American flags, as well as the stadium itself decked out in red, white and blue.
“To those who gave all, you will NEVER be forgotten. #MemorialDay,” the team tweeted.
The Baltimore Ravens shared a post from Head Coach John Harbaugh, in which he highlighted the “first, last and only all African American Ranger Company.” According to the post, the image is from 1951 following a dangerous mission in the Korean War that involved the 2nd Airborne and 2nd Light Ranger Infantry company.
“This picture struck me. These men were heroes,” he wrote. “Thank you to the men and women sho have given their lives, and the families of those who have lost their spouse, father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son, friend. We are grateful to them for the freedom and security and opportunity to do all the things that they themselves sacrificed for us. Thank you!”
The Tennessee Titans posted an image of the American flag in the shape of the continental United States being held up on their home field.
“We remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” the Titans post stated.