Washington Capitals Host Wounded Warriors on Veterans Day

November 14th, 2009 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
More than 50 wounded warriors and their Families headed to the Verizon Center on Wednesday to spend Veterans Day watching the Washington Capitals take on the New York Islanders. The event was sponsored by the USO and Microsoft, as part of their ‘‘Salute to Our Troops” program.

Soldiers were invited to a pre-game reception, where they were treated to free food and drinks, and were given Capitals jerseys and other merchandise.

‘‘It’s good to get out of the hospital for a change,” said Marine Sgt. Michael Richards. ‘‘Normally someone my age wouldn’t get a chance to hang out in a suite like this, so it definitely shows us how appreciated we are.”

The Salute to Our Troops program started this week with the trip to the Verizon Center, and will continue throughout the holiday season. The Fisher House in Bethesda will get a holiday makeover Dec. 5, and 8,200 service members are invited to see the Rockettes at the Verizon Center for free Dec. 20.

‘‘This is our chance to give back to all of you, and to thank you for your support and sacrifice,” said. John Marselles, chairman of USO-Metro.

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