ESTERO, Fla. - It's game time!
The Everblades were there to beat the Elmira Jackals, but they were there to do something else too: honor our veterans.
From the SWAT team coming down from the rafters to the local ROTC members. Everything done Friday was to thank southwest Florida's veterans.
“Anytime you come out and support the veterans is always a great thing,” veteran Courtney Delaney said.
The Everblades partnered with the National Coalition of Patriots, a local organization the helps veterans, dedicate the game to them.
The team also wore special jerseys that will be auctioned off after Saturday night’s game. Proceeds will benefit local veterans.
“They actually do a great thing by going to the hospitals and letting people know and aware of what's going on with veterans," said Delaney.
Rows of military veterans enjoyed the game tonight, some of them have served in World War II.
“I praise all the people," said war veteran Robert Lydy. "And I want to thank of the veterans out here.”
“A lot of people here say thank to to veterans," said Vietnam veteran Tony Favola, "which I think is the greatest thing and anybody could do.”
To top off the night, a member of the US Air Force proposed to his girlfriend on the ice and she said yes.
The Everblades jersey auction raised $10,000 for local veterans.