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Military Appreciation Day coming to Pru Center

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The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center will hold their annual Military Appreciation Day, presented by Prudential, Saturday when the Devils play the Detroit Red Wings in Newark.

Devils players will wear camo sleeves and military themed warm-up jerseys leading up to the 1 p.m. game and the military will be celebrated throughout, including honoring the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry — with units in Newark, Jersey City, Woodbridge and Riverdale — who will deploy to Africa in February.

As part of the day, Prudential will gift the first 9,000 fans to arrive for the game with a military themed Devils hat.

Other promotions in honor of Military Appreciation Day include the recognition of World War II veteran Michael DeCiccio as Prudential Hero Among Us; a USO Show Troupe performance; a postcard photo booth, presented by Prudential, for fans to send personalized messages to troops overseas; and more.

Proceeds garnered from the game’s 50/50 raffle and an online auction running through Nov. 25 will benefit Service Women’s Action Network, National Military Family Association, Pets for Vets and Squad 21, which provide for military members and their families through the Kyle Palmieri Foundation.

The namesake foundation was founded by Devils right wing Palmieri and his fiancé Ashlee Casper, whose sister and brother-in-law currently serve in the National Guard and U.S. Army.

Military Appreciation Day will also serve as the kick-off for this season’s Squad 21 program, which provides Devils’ tickets to military personnel and their families to attend 21 home games, receive a Squad 21 t-shirt and enjoy a postgame meeting with Palmieri.

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Jessica Perry

Jessica Perry

Jessica is the Web Editor for NJBIZ. You can reach her at jperry@njbiz.com.

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