WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – He is a Frankfort native and an Iraq War Veteran. On Sunday Staff Sergeant Jesse Lennon stood at mid-field, as millions watched him present the nation’s colors.
Lennon was one of 8 men from his regiment chosen to color guard Super Bowl XLVIII.
The 2002 Clinton Central High School graduate has been with the Third United States Infantry Regiment for more than two years.
Lennon and the rest of the color guard group arrived at Met-Life Stadium on Friday for a rehearsal. After rehearsal, they headed to New York City. For Lennon, it was his first time there.
Lennon said on Saturday they toured the city and visited the World Trade Center as well as the 9/11 memorial.
When Sunday came, Lennon said they were at the stadium by 1 p.m. He said once it came time to present the colors, it was a little intimidating.
“I never in a million years thought – being in the army- that I would get to do the things that I do and be representing the army and the national colors the way that we have,” said Lennon.
Since he’s been with the regiment, Lennon has worked retirement ceremonies for generals, helped with the Wounded Warrior Foundation and Armed Forces Foundation and was also part of the escort for President Obama’s inauguration.