ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host their 14th annual Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, Feb. 4, during the game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center at 7:30 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 14 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 by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation. The auction opened at noon on Monday, Feb. 1, on Handbid and will conclude at the end of the second intermission during the Caps game against the Islanders on Feb. 4. Additional auction items include goalie masks and pucks with camouflage Caps logos. All proceeds will benefit USO-Metro and Defending the Blue Line.
Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of the U.S. Marines will participate in a pre-game ceremonial face-off with John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Lance Corporal Misiewicz is a member of the USA Warriors sled hockey team and the USA National sled hockey team.
Military District of Washington’s U.S. Army Band Quartet, featuring M. Sgt. Caleb Green (Ret.), will perform the national anthem, while the U.S. Army Honor Guard will present the flags. The Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel and mites on ice will be comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey.
The second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team in a skills exhibition. 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 the MSE Foundation table at section 104 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 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
Salute to the Military Night is made possible by the support of partners including Boeing, ANSER, AET, Lockheed Martin, Thales, United Associates, JMA, Tanium, Chemring, ESN, Fortinet, CGI and Baker Donelson.
Celebrating 75 years of service, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Through generous financial and in-kind support from individuals and organizations and the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals, through its Mobile USO, six USO Centers, including two of the largest the Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and four USO airport lounges.
Defending the Blue Line
The mission of Defending The Blue Line is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. DTBL provides free equipment, hockey camp scholarships, special events and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey for military kids.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 50,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces.