BOSTON – The Boston Bruins honored local military members, veterans, and their families at "Military Appreciation Night" presented by the Massachusetts and New Hampshire National Guard April 11 during the Bruins vs. Islanders game at the TD Garden.
To show their support, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Tuukka Rask, have each purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members, veterans and their families.
The Bruins singled out Lt. Col. Carlos Silva, 182nd Medical Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, to be honored with the 8-Spoked Salute.
Having nominated Silva for the award, Maj. Jeffrey Cox wrote, “Lieutenant Colonel Silva represents the best balance of Citizen/Soldier. In his daily life, he works with the toughest adolescents with the Boston Public Schools. Many of the youths that he mentors are involved in gang activity. He uses his knowledge and experience in the U.S. military to teach Army values that will instill better hope and promise with them. In the Massachusetts National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Silva is the first to work with Soldiers at any level to promote resiliency and wellbeing. Silva prizes his two children and makes ample time to support their community activities. He is a true patriot and is deserving of military month shout out with the Boston Bruins.”
During the salute Silva was featured on the Garden HDX Scoreboard and fans rose to their feet to clap and cheer as he waved to the crowd.
Describing the event Silva said, “Wow! This was great. I think it really brings home the point that Guardsmen are out doing good things every day whether it is as a civilian or Soldier. It was an honor to be a part of it.”