Friday, November 13, 2009

Props To The NHL For Veterans Day Ceremonies

Hello, Bonjour & Hóigh!

Hope you have a had a great week and enjoyed some great hockey! My apologies for not posting for a week, but it has been a hectic week on the home front and well, just one of those weeks. But after a week of reflecting on and appreciating our veterans and those who are serving for us or sacrificed their lives for us, there's no self-pity here. Things could be a lot worse!

I must really commend the NHL and players like Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart and Mike Cammalleri who made donations to and bought tickets to Veterans in honor of Veterans and Remembrance Day which was celebrated this past Wednesday but throughout the week in the NHL. Also checkout the mask Carey Price wore and is auctioning off to help veterans.

There were some moving moments during the Bruins-Panthers game when the TD Garden played a surprise video for a soldier's wife and her children in attendance for the game. That was the scene across the NHL and they deserve mad props for the respect and appreciation they showed to our Veterans.

Don't forget Don "Grapes" Cherry's annual Remembrance Day Coach's Corner on Hockey Night In Canada. Of course he never forgets the veterans and shows the faces and names of fallen soldiers each week. Also, checkout what to this date is one of the best interviews I've been a part of on the Inside Hockey Radio Show. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing the legendary Milt Schmidt who is not only a Hall of Famer but also a WWII veteran who left the game for four years and then returned to win the Hart Trophy. Amazing!

But that and this past week reminded me that we should always pay homage to those who are sacrificing and have sacrificed for us. Every day should be treated like that and we should show our appreciation for veterans and soldiers regardless of our views on war! If you see a soldier anytime, thank them!

I just want to take this time to thank my Dad (USMC), my late Grandfather (US Army), my cousins Patrick (USMC) and Chris (US Army), my friend Josh Staunton (USMC) and all veterans and soldiers. Thank you for your service and my freedom!



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