ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host their 13th annual Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, March 5, during the game against the Minnesota Wild at Verizon Center at 7 p.m. Salute to the Military Night is an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.
More than 500 service members will be in attendance at Thursday’s game. With the support of corporate sponsors the Capitals have provided thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their dependents the past 13 seasons.
The Capitals will pay tribute to the military throughout the evening through in-game and intermission activities. During pregame warm-ups the Capitals will wear camouflage jerseys, which will be signed and auctioned off during the game at section 109. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.
The Military District of Washington’s U.S. Army Band Quartet, featuring M. Sgt. Caleb Green and M. Sgt. Bob McDonald, will perform the national anthem, while the U.S. Army Guard will present the flags. United States Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Michael Davis, captain of the USA Warriors standing team, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. The Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel and mites on ice will be comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey.
The ice crew will consist of members of the Aberdeen Blast, Coast Guard, Frederick Force, Joint Base Andrews Guardians and National Capital Region Joint Military hockey teams. The second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team in a skills competition. During the game the Capitals also will play a tribute video and honor a service member from each branch of the military.
In addition, Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold starting at $20 at sections 104, 114 and 400 on the concourse on Thursday and at the Team Store and stands throughout Verizon Center. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit TAPS.
Salute to the Military Night is made possible by the support of partners including UTC, ANSER, GovX, Lockheed Martin, Sentrillion, Thales, United Associates, JMA, Tanium, Oshkosh Defense, Constellis, Chemring and Baker Donelson.