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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department will offer a special tribute to members of the armed forces on Saturday (Jan. 7) as part of "Military Apprecation Night" being held in conjunction with the Bulldog Hockey home contest versus Colgate at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
Faceoff for the non-league series' finale is set for a special 4:05 p.m. (ET) start and the event will be sponsored by Bulldog Athletics, the FSU Blueline Club, and SFC Shawn Fries of the Michigan National Guard in conjunction with Sunny 97.3 FM and the Ferris State ROTC.
The tributes will help honor and recognize local individuals such as Lance Cpl. Ned Seath, who was presented the Navy Cross last February after a 44-year wait in a special ceremony at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.
Seath earned the prestigious Navy Cross honor for his bravery and heroism in Vietnam on July 16, 1966, when he halted an assault of North Vietnamese soliders.
"Lance Cpl. Seath is a true American hero," said retired United States Air Force Command Chief Mark Brejcha of Big Rapids. "I'm looking forward to a wonderful event honoring our veterans and their families as well as a fun night of Bulldog hockey."
Current and former military members and dependents of Delta Company will receive free admission along with special activities throughout the day. The day's events will include a special signing of God Bless America, a unique and memorable introduction of players, audio clips from local veterans along with other tributes to our country and those who serve.
A skate with the team will take place after the game with free skate rental to military and their dependents along with concession vouchers for the military members.
An honor guard presentation will be part of the day's events and a HUMVEE from the 125th infantry in Big Rapids will be on hand.
Additionally, two young adults will take the Oath of Enlistment to the Michigan Army National Guard during the first intermission as both teams remain on the ice.
For ticket information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Wednesday's throughout the season.
Ferris State and Colgate will open the series between nationally-ranked schools on Friday night (Jan. 6) at 7:05 p.m. in Big Rapids.
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