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Army-Navy tradition brings out North Country fans

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It's a tradition that means a lot to military families in the North Country.
People gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings in Watertown to watch the Army-Navy football
YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us how Fort Drum was recognized in Philadelphia.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. --The Army-Navy game is one of the most anticipated games in college football, as both teams fight for the Commander in Chief’s Trophy.

“There’s nothing better than the Army Navy game. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Army, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the Navy, at the end of the day no matter who wins this is the one time we actually get to come together,” said Jason Sexton, a West Point Graduate.

Many West Point grads posted up to have a bite to eat and watch the game, but it wasn’t just the game they were interested in. Two Tenth Mountain Division soldiers were selected to receive recognition from the Army Chief of Staff during the game.

Specialist Bryon Dilberian and Captain Ross Pixler were both honored for their leadership and commitment to their duties.

“It’s just nice to see, most of the units, especially Tenth Mountain, represented on the field,” said Bryan James, Fort Drum.

Army fans say that it’s great to see the Tenth Mountain Division patches on the football player’s jerseys, all hoping that after ten years the Army will bring home the win.

“It’s a huge thing especially for Fort Drum. Not only getting Fort Drum's name out there but for those soldiers. A lot of times people in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy don’t get to experience an Army-Navy game and it’s just going to be an experience that will change their lives. There is nothing like the comradery and the spirit. It’s great,” said Sexton.

Army fell short in the last few minutes of the game. Fans say that it would have been nice to see the team finally break their losing streak to the Navy, but there is always next year.

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