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"You Can't Give Those Guys Enough Credit For What They Do."

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11/05/2013 2:40 PM -

Pirates prepare for Military Appreciation Night on Friday against Worcester

With Veterans Day on Monday Nov. 11, the Portland Pirates are paying tribute to current and former members of the United States Military this Friday in their game against the Worcester Sharks.

The Pirates will wear special military themed jerseys for the event, which were revealed yesterday on Facebook and Twitter. The Pirates have created a Military Appreciation Pack for the game, with a portion of the proceeds from the pack benefitting the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, a non-profit organization that helps support wounded veterans when they return to Maine after being injured in the line of duty.

This is the second year in a row that the Pirates will be teaming with the Military Family Assistance Center of Augusta, trying to get businesses and companies to purchase tickets and donate them to the MFAC to allow veterans and families of deployed personnel to attend the game.

The American players on the team are excited about the opportunity to show their appreciation to the men and women serving in all branches of the military.

"You can't give those guys enough credit for what they do," said defenseman Chris Summers. "I think it's a good thing we honor a guy every night, or a lady, and I think we should do more of it to be honest with you."

"I think those people don't get recognized as often as they should," said forward Brett Hextall. "So it's nice that we can kind of do our part and have a night for them."

"Everyone has got someone that they know in war or overseas, so any time that you can help out and touch those families who do have someone over there, it's special," said forward Chris Brown.

The sacrifice of current and former members of the Armed Forces are always on the minds of the players and all of them are more than happy to show their gratitude to the brave men and women protecting our nation this Friday.

"Thanks for everything you do, it doesn't go unnoticed," said Hextall.

"Just thank you for everything that they're doing keeping this country the way it is," said Brown. "We like to preach that this is the best country in the world and would like to thank them for making it that way."

"Every time you see a Marine or somebody in uniform that serves our country make sure you thank them and shake their hand," said Summers.

The Pirates, 2-5-0-1, are still looking for their first win at home this season. Last week, they dropped both of their decisions to the St. John's IceCaps by scores of 5-1 and 4-2.

In their only meeting against the Sharks this season, the Pirates fell by a score of 3-2. Andy Miele scored both Pirate goals that game while Mike Lee received the loss in a 28 save performance.

The game between the Pirates and Sharks will begin at 7 p.m.

To order a "Military Appreciation Pack" that includes four best available seats and one special edition T-shirt, click here or call Benjamin Locke in the Pirates' office at (207) 828-4665 ext. 506.


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