RAPID CITY, S.D. — In preparation for tonight’s military appreciation game against the Fort Wayne Komets, the Rapid City Rush invited the community to come out for the third annual ice painting event to honor our nation’s veterans Thursday night.

Just as in years past, the community was invited to paint the names of loved ones that have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces. The eventual design is to have the names resemble the American flag across the ice.

Along with the names of veterans, the largest flag in the state of South Dakota will be on display from blue line to blue line.  Additionally, in a special pregame ceremony, the team will honor Specialist Four Michael J. Fitzmaurice of the United States Army, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during the Vietnam War, per his Medal of Honor citation.  Both Sp4c. Fitzmaurice and his wife Patty will be recognized before the start of the game.

In a community filled with military personnel and their families, it is no wonder this event stirs deep patriotic emotion that results in a beautiful representation to honor those that have chosen to serve this great nation.

Here are a few highlights of the event from Thursday night’s ice painting event.

Faceoff on Military Appreciation Night is set for 7:05 pm MT at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.


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