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Blues ask fans to sing anthem Saturday in support of veterans

Saturday's Salute to Military game includes care package donation drive, camouflage jerseys and more

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues are asking all fans - including visiting fans of the New York Islanders - to join us in honoring our nation's veterans by singing the national anthem in unison prior to the Blues' Salute to Military game - presented by Boeing - on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Scottrade Center.

Retired Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson will start the anthem before the Blues and Islanders drop the puck, then step aside to let fans takeover. The gesture, which began with the Blues' military night last season, is intended to proudly honor the contributions, the courage and the heart of all those who have served the country with pride.

The Blues hope to show veterans that everyone, regardless of our differences or even the teams we root for, are proud to be Americans and thankful to those that have worked - and fought - to keep our country safe.

Video: Blues fans begin new tradition of singing the anthem

Blues players will wear camouflage jerseys during pregame warmups on Saturday, and 20 Army recruits will take an oath of enlistment during the game to officially join the armed forces. In addition, members of the US Army will rappel from the rafters to deliever a puck to Fort Leonard Wood commanding general Major General Kent Savre, who will drop the puck prior to the opening faceoff.

Shades of Blue, a US Air-Force Band of Mid-America that is comprised of active servicemen, will perform throughout the night.

The Blues are asking fans to donate care packages for troops upon entry to Scottrade Center. All fans who donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed Blues merchandise. Click here for a list of needed care package items.

In addition, Blues goaltender Jake Allen will wear a special military-themed mask for the game that features former Blues goalie Ed Staniowski, who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and will be in attendance Saturday, and Bobby Gassoff Jr., a former Navy SEAL and the son of former Blue Bob Gassoff. The mask will be auctioned at a later date to raise money for H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, an organization that supports military members and their families.

A limited number of tickets for Saturday's Salute to Military Game are available now at the Scottrade Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com.

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