NEWARK, N.J. - Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils will honor our nation's service members during the team's annual Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, Nov. 11 when the Devils host the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.
Devils players will wear military themed warm-up jerseys with camo sleeves before the game that will be signed and auctioned online at newjerseydevils.com/military beginning Nov. 11 after the game. Proceeds from the auction as, well as the night's 50/50 raffle, will benefit Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates custom homes nationwide for severely injured post - 9/11 veterans.
For 21 games throughout the 2017-18 season, New Jersey Devils right winger Kyle Palmieri will salute former and active military members through his Squad 21 community giveback initiative. For the second consecutive year, Squad 21 will provide 42 tickets for military personnel and their families to attend 21 Devils home games. Each guest will receive a unique Squad 21 T-shirt, courtesy of Grunt Style, and a private postgame meet and greet with Palmieri.
Throughout the game, the Devils will recognize and celebrate the stories of current and retired military personnel:
- More than 200 representatives from USS The Sullivans and the USS Hué City will fill the aisles of the arena during the National Anthem performance.
- 96-year-old World War II veteran John Beatrice, from Elmwood Park, will be recognized as the Hero of the Game. Beatrice is the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and The Army Good Conduct medals.
- USO Show Troupe will perform the National Anthem, as well as perform on the main concourse before the game to welcome fans to the arena.
- Prudential Financial will be presenting the USO with a new van to be displayed on Championship Plaza during a ribbon cutting and key handoff ceremony to take place before the game.
- A photo booth will be located on the main concourse for fans to take and share digital postcards socially and send to troops overseas, presented by Prudential.