The Stingrays honored Purple Heart recipients this weekend, presented by Paul Errico and Associates, a veteran owned and purple heart company.
Local Purple Heart honorees were given 2 tickets the game and many were honored at the game in special on-ice ceremony.
This event helps the Stingrays become an official Purple Heart team – the only professional team in South Carolina at any level to earn the distinction by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). The official proclamation for this distinction was announced during the first intermission.
“The Stingrays have been committed to honoring our local military throughout the team’s history,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “Our Hometown Hero program recognizes a local veteran or active-duty military member every game and our annual Military Appreciation Night raises money for local organizations and offers complimentary tickets to military men and women. We look forward to this additional night this season and honoring those who have sacrificed in service to our country.” (Press Release)
As a Purple Heart team, the Stingrays will continue to recognize the outstanding valor and fidelity of the United States Armed Forces and pay tribute to combat-wounded veterans across the state and the nation for their selfless contributions in defense of freedom. The Purple Heart Medal was created by General George Washington in 1782, the order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit is the oldest military decoration in the United States.