LIGHTNING TO HONOR VETERANS WITH CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
SIX PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS AND REPRESENATIVES FROM ALL FIVE MILITARY BRANCHES TO BE ON HAND FOR CEREMONY
The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor all veterans tonight with a ceremonial puck drop prior to facing off against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE). Veterans representing all military branches and six recipients of the Purple Heart will be at the St. Pete Times Forum helping to pay tribute to past and present military members.
On the ice for the puck drop representing the Air Force will be Tech Sergeant John Polatako who served in Operation Desert Storm and Senior Master Sergeant Joel Tyler who served in Operation Southern Watch. From the Army will be Bill Allen, who was also a POW and served in the Korean War, and John Nummerador who served in World War II. From the Navy will be Tom Hughey, who served in the Korean War and in Vietnam. Chris Martin, who served in Iraq and in the on-going Global War on Terror, will represent the Marines. All six were awarded Purple Hearts for their service. A representative from the Coast Guard will also be in attendance.
Veterans' Day, observed tomorrow, November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice which was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of conflict. An Act of Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans' Day on May 24, 1954.
The Lightning have supplied tickets for these veterans and their families for tonight's game.