Military Appreciation Night being hosted by Crushers on November 8

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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are hosting a Military Appreciation Night during their Maritime Junior Hockey League game against the Valley Wildcats on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

It’s an opportunity for fans to take part in the game that starts at 7 p.m. and for the Crushers to honour Canada’s men and women in uniform.

“Any time you can salute the military men and women who serve their country, it’s an honour,” Crushers’ general manager and assistant coach Chad McDavid said. “We’re excited to be part of it.”

A special admission charge of $5 will be in effect for Legion members and military personnel in uniform.

Members of the Flight 144 Construction Engineering Flight in Pictou expressed appreciation for the event and the Crushers’ participation.

The event was arranged by the Crushers in partnership with 14 Airfield Engineering Flight Lunenburg that commands Flight 144 Pictou and several other engineering flights.

Recruits learn carpenter trades by working on civilian projects that prepare them for military engineering projects in Canada and overseas.

“I think it’s excellent,” said Ken Kennedy, Warrant Officer at Flight 144. “If you look 360 degrees (in Pictou County), you will see projects that our Flight has been involved with.”

Captain Marc Therien, commanding officer at Flight 144, said recruiting is important and he hopes the Military Appreciation Night will encourage more people to sign up. There are 55 positions and just 30 currently stationed at the flight.

“It’s good to let people know there is an air force presence,” he said. “The more people we have, the more we can help the community with projects.”

Members of a Colour Party that will be participating in the puck drop face off on Thursday evening are:

·         Bill Johnson Sr. – Korean War Veteran, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16

·         Captain Marc Thérien – Officer Commading, 144 CEF, Canadian Armed Forces

·         Aviator Matthew Jamieson, 144 CEF

Captain Marc Therien and Warrant Officer Ken Kennedy stand in the board room at Flight 144 Pictou, where Therien is the commanding officer.  (Goodwin photo)