In observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, the Columbus Blue Jackets are teaming up with WCOL 92.3 to honor Central Ohio’s active military and veterans during the Blue Jackets 7 p.m. game against the Edmonton Oilers. “Salute to Our Veterans, Welcome Home Lima Company” includes a special acknowledgement of Columbus-based Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25).
Approximately 150 members of Lima Company who recently returned from a seven-month deployment in Iraq will take part in a pre-game, on-ice ceremony to honor their service and pay tribute to the fallen heroes from their Battalion. A video narrated by WCOL morning show host Woody Johnson precedes the official introduction of Lima Company.
During the on-ice activities, an Honor Guard comprised of representatives from each of the armed forces will accompany the performance of the U.S. and Canadian National Anthems. Following the singing of the anthems and a moment of silence to recognize all veterans, a member of Lima Company will participate in a ceremonial puck drop to start the game. The entire Company will then be seated together to enjoy the game as guests of the Blue Jackets.
Fans can show their support for the troops in attendance and those currently serving by signing the large banner that will be displayed on the Bud Light Terrace area of the main concourse. Another element of the Salute includes an on-ice check presentation from A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson Co. to Lima Company to send the entire unit to their Marine Corps Ball on Saturday, Nov. 12.
During the 3/25’s deployment in Iraq, the Marines and Sailors of the Reserve infantry battalion aided in training the Iraqi Security Forces and conducted stability and security operations with them to prevent insurgents from gaining a foothold in and around the cities of the Al Anbar province. The Battalion rotated out of Iraq in late September 2005 and is scheduled to deactivate in January 2006.