Service Dog Rappels, Highlights From Dallas Stars Veterans Appreciation Night

It was an emotional night at American Airlines Center.

The Dallas Stars began Veterans Appreciation Night by wearing special camo jerseys during warmups which will be auctioned off for charity

 

Then, prior to the National Anthem, they honored the evening's hometown hero, 98-year-old James Wicker Sr. who served aboard the USS Corregidor in WWII

 

Next, the Stars welcomed a member of the veterans outreach and suicide prevention organization, 22 Kill, who delivered a puck from the rafters to U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Wayne Jackal, Jr., who dropped it in a pregame ceremony to a rousing round of applause from fans and the players. 

You may recognize the Public Address Announcer's voice. :)

 

Then during the first intermission, former Navy Seal Ryan Parrot and Service K9 Patty rappelled from the rafters of the AAC to meet her new owner, Cary Flatt. 

Flatt is a 20-year veteran. He was member of the U.S. Special Forces and was deployed multiple times around the world to fight global terrorism. He was wounded twice in Afghanistan and the second time he sustained a severe gunshot wound to the head, which led to his retirement.

Here's the video I took from ice level of that special delivery.

 
 

Here's a nice recap of the evening from Dallas Stars rinkside reporter Julie Dobbs

 
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