The Cadillac High School hockey team is lacing up their skates to once again honor the men and women who sacrificed for our country.
Wednesday night, the Vikings will be hosting Big Rapids in their annual Salute to Service Military Appreciation Game at the Wex. It was canceled last year because of the pandemic.
Over the years, the game is a tradition that started as the U.S. 131 Cup Challenge that evolved into a game to recognize veterans. The teams have gotten together to skate out Wednesday night with a 50 foot by 30 foot flag for the opening ceremony. It’s a game that means so much more than hockey to the athletes and the veterans in attendance.
“It’s bigger than hockey. It’s bigger than what we’re out there doing. We couldn’t do it without them, pretty much,” said Cadillac Hockey Senior Kam Hearld.
“I’ve been helping veterans forever and I really appreciate how they helped us for our country and what they do to keep us safe,” said Cadillac Hockey Junior Cole Mortensen.
“It’s a chance for us to make the public more aware of the veterans and try and honor them. I know, being a Vietnam veteran, we didn’t have none of that stuff when we came home,” said Vietnam Veteran Allen Retlewski of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard.
The game starts 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Wex in Cadillac. It’s free for all veterans to attend. Students also get in free if they bring donations of peanut butter, protein bars, canned food or toilet paper for the Veterans Serving Veterans pantry.