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United States Army Captain Mike Viti is scheduled to address the 49ers’ rookie class on Friday – the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Viti served in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, in 2010 and '11 as a Platoon Leader and earned a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his exemplary service. In 2013, he finished his Army tenure at the rank of Captain and concluded his military service.
In April, Viti began an eight-month hike across the United States to memorialize the more than 6,800 military service members who have died overseas since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Viti, a former Army fullback and 2007 team captain, signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie and spent some time with the team in the 2008 offseason.
Approximately 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of beaches in Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany on D-Day. The sacrifice of more than 9,000 Allies allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the trek across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler's troops.