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Military Appreciation Night presented by Toyota

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers will salute the Armed Forces with a special Military Appreciation Night presented by Toyota during the Tuesday, November 10 game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers players will don special edition camouflage Military Appreciation Night jerseys during the evening’s pre-game warmups to honor members of the Armed Forces. In the week following the game, select warm-up jerseys will be auctioned off at, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Flyers Charities.

A ceremonial puck drop will be presented by United States Corps Pilot Stephen Maro of Cherry Hill, NJ. Maro has just returned home after spending six months flying for missions in Syria battling ISIS.

Wayne Simmonds, who recently launched a brand new community initiative, “Wayne’s Warriors,” will welcome members of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation in his personal suite and will be meeting with these members after the game. The organization serves combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class sporting activities, and fostering mental, physical, and spiritual recovery. Simmonds will host active military and veteran groups throughout the Delaware Valley to sit in his suite as a part of the “Wayne’s Warriors” program during the 2015-16 season.

Fans attending the game can participate in the special evening by donating items to Philadelphia’s Treats for Troops. Collection bins will be located at all main entrances to the Wells Fargo Center through the second period. Suggested popular donation items include AA batteries, protein bars, and handmade cards with encouraging messages for troops. For a full listing of requested items, visit

The evening’s National Anthem will feature a full Color Guard with representation from Runnemede VFW: Post 3324.

Additionally, the Flyers will honor United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Patrick Devlin of Newark, DE as the evening’s Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hometown Hero. Chief Warrant Officer Devlin is in his 11th year of military service, having recently returned from a tour of duty in Kuwait. For his service, Chief Warrant Officer Devlin has been awarded such accomplishments as the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Air Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal.

In addition, the Rothman Institute at Jefferson will be making a donation on behalf of Chief Warrant Officer Devlin to the Michael Strange Foundation, which provides support to the families of recently fallen.

The Flyers will also honor Ralph Herman of Sewell, NJ, a 90-year-old World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Fans can view a special re-enlistment ceremony, held on the Main Concourse of the Wells Fargo Center. Cory R. Thomas Bressler, Staff Sergeant with the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron, will take the Oath of Enlistment for service into the United States Coast Guard.

Flyers Captain Claude Giroux will host military members and veterans through the Veteran Tickets Foundation in his private “Giroux’s Crew” suite. Veteran Tickets Foundation is an organization committed to providing free and discounted event tickets to veterans and those currently serving our country from all branches of service.

As a part of his “Voracek’s Vault” program, Flyers Forward Jakub Voracek will host members of the Wounded Warrior Project Philadelphia in his suite. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization dedicated to raising awareness for the needs of injured service members, and providing unique, direct programs and services to injured service members.

The Flyers take on the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, then will square off against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. Great seats are still available by clicking below.

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