University of Georgia Icon Vince Dooley Supports the Honor Our Soldiers Campaign

Vince Dooley - University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga - Legendary football coach Vince Dooley announced today his support for Honor Our Soldiers, a national campaign to preserve America’s hallowed ground in honor of the sacrifices of the men and women of America’s military.

“America's Civil War battlefields are reminders of the great sacrifices made by our military, past and present,” Dooley said. “By preserving these hallowed grounds, not only do we honor those who fought and fell on these bloody fields 150 years ago, we also honor the brave men and women from every generation who have fought for this great nation.”

The Honor Our Soldiers campaign seeks to create awareness for the thousands of acres of hallowed ground across the country where American soldiers have fought and died, but are now at risk of being lost forever to development. Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed — denied forever to future generations. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks.

Dooley, a Marine and former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Georgia, is a staunch supporter of protecting these sacred sites as a means of honoring America’s soldiers. In October, he was elected to the board of directors of the Civil War Trust, the national nonprofit dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed ground.

“Through the Honor Our Soldiers campaign, we hope to generate enough support from the men and women of America’s military to make a real impact and save these sacred sites across the country,” Dooley said.

The Honor Our Soldiers campaign kicked-off in September, and it includes an online petition - www.ipetitions.com/petition/honor-our-soldiers — through which concerned Americans can show their support for historic battlefield preservation and honoring those who have served.

Dooley has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference and collegiate athletics for nearly 50 years. He served as head football coach at UGA from 1963-1989 and as director of athletics from 1979-2004. His contributions to coaching and athletics administration are defined by his place as the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Dooley is the most successful coach in Georgia history and the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history with more than 200 wins, including one national championship, six SEC titles and 20 bowl games. He is also the author of seven books, including two editions of Dooley's Dogs (with Loran Smith), Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia, two children’s books How Bout Them Dawgs and Hairy Dawg’s Journey Through the Peach State, and three coffee table books illustrated by famed artist Steve Penley - Dooley's Playbook...34 of Georgia’s Most Memorable Plays, Dooley's Garden....A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach and History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 36,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.