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Isles celebrate Military Appreciation Day

Tuesday, 11.11.2008 / 6:18 PM / News
On a day when members of the United States Armed Forces are honored, General Colin Powell chose to spend Veterans Day at the Nassau Coliseum for Military Appreciation Day.
 
"I'm here because of my good friend Charles Wang," said General Powell. "We're two New York City guys. I was going to be in New York today anyway, so I looked at the schedule and saw that the Islanders were playing. I knew that Charles would be doing something special for Veterans Day, so I asked if I could come join."
 
Created last season, Military Appreciation Day is the Islanders way of saying thank you the men and women who have bravely defended, and those who continue to defend our country. General Powell played a major role in this year's Military Appreciation Day by dropping the ceremonial first puck, along with Islanders owner Charles Wang.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final