UA Hockey, Post 555 hosting Military Appreciation Night

PELHAM – American Legion Matthew Blount Post 555 is teaming up with Alabama Hockey to host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena, 500 Amphitheater Road.

Alabama Hockey and Post 555 are partnering with the David Lindsay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Exchange Club of Shelby County, Pelham Youth Hockey Association to honor the men and women who serve and have served in the military.

Alabama Hockey is set to play against Life University. Veterans and active military personnel and all who have honorably served will receive free admission into the game. Veterans and active military personnel will have to present proof of service to gain entrance into the game for free.

Acceptable forms of identification include military ID, driver’s license with military ID, ID tags, DD214, VA medical card or a veterans’ organization membership card.

A “Fallen Heroes Table” will be on display honoring service members who have fallen in the line of duty. The American Legion will have an event table displayed in the lobby with the national colors and armed forces flags on display for attendees to take pictures with from 6-9 p.m. Photos will be available for download on the Post 555 website at Alplost555.smugmug.com.

During the opening ceremony, Bessemer Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets will present the colors and Pelham High School Choir will sing the National Anthem.

Joining the team captains during the puck dropping will be Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Retired Jerry McClain and the Honor Guard team leader for Post 555, Pelham High School American Legion Oratorical contest winner, Mason Herrington and Post 555 junior shooting team member Andrew Duryea.

The Pelham Fire Department will have a large American flag at the arena’s entrance.

Post 555, known as Triple Nickel, will have an informational table with a door prize for military personnel provided by Cracker Barrel Pelham.

The Exchange Club of Shelby County will present miniature flags to active military and vets while supplies last.

For additional information, contact Kenneth Paschal at 1sgpaschal@gmail.com or Anita Bennett at a6305@bellsouth.net.