WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals will honor the members of our nation’s armed services before, during and after tonight’s game against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center in celebration of Veteran’s Day.
The special festivities begin during our national anthem, as the Georgetown University ROTC Color Guard will present the colors and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Caleb Green will sing the Star Spangled Banner. As they have the past two weeks, the members of the Washington Capitals coaching staff will be wearing poppies on their lapels – the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
The Capitals welcome some very special guests to tonight’s game, including Sergeant Joe Bowser of the U.S. Army Reserves. Bowser suffered severe injuries to his legs during combat while serving in Iraq in 2004. After recovering from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Sergeant Bowser returned to work, serving under Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon Englund. Meanwhile, Sergeant Bowser has been training for a chance to play for the American Amputee Hockey League’s U.S. national team.
A group of recovering soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center will attend tonight’s game as part of the Wounded Warriors Project. After the game the group will enjoy dinner at the District ChopHouse and several Capitals players will stop by to visit the soldiers and sign autographs.
In addition, the Capitals will present a one-minute tribute video to our veterans during a stoppage in play. Members of the military will also participate in an on-ice intermission game and one soldier will be selected to serve as a guest DJ during the second intermission, playing songs from his or her iPod.