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Claim: A Philadelphia couple organized a private train line to take wounded servicemen to the 2005 Army-Navy football game.
Example: [Polaneczky, 2005]
Origins: The last weekend of the college football season (which generally falls in early December) is the occasion for one of the game's oldest and most famous rivalries, the annual
In 2005, the Philadelphia couple Bennett and Vivian Levin combined the idea of reviving the game day train tradition with their desire to do something for injured American troops — and they already had a good head start on the project since they themselves owned three luxury rail cars and two locomotives. With the goal of transporting wounded service members to the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia from Walter Reed Army Medical Center (in Washington, D.C.) and the National Naval Medical Center (in Bethesda, Maryland), they convinced the owners of an additional fifteen luxury rail liners into donating their cars for a day's use and arranged for Amtrak to transport the cars to Washington and back. A donor from the Army War College Foundation supplied 100 prime-seat tickets for the
The event received little publicity due to security precautions and because
Last updated: 4 January 2006
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