The Columbus Blue Jackets held a night to honor those serving in the military and veterans who also have given the ultimate sacrifice.
The day before the game, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson recognized service men and women in their own way. Brandon Dubinsky - who often wears a camo-styled Blue Jackets hat in the team locker room - staged a meet and greet with local military members, while Cam Atkinson presented the USO with a $1,013 check after practice.
Before the puck dropped, fans donated personal care items and snacks to benefit USO Support Lounges across Central Ohio.
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Pregame featured a unique soccer warmup experience, rappelling servicemen, and a ceremonial puck drop.
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There were a multitude of in-game activities, as well.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
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