Watch: NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning Pay Tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients Before Game

By Craig Millward | October 24, 2019 | 9:23am EDT

( Prior to their National Hockey League (NHL) game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Fla. on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning paid tribute to 46 of the 70 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

According to the Public Address Announcer, nine received the Medal of Honor from the War on Terror, 34 from the Vietnam War, two from the Korean War, and one from World War II. CPL Herschel “Woody” Williams, US Marine Corps, Ret. took part in the ceremonial puck drop.

The Medal of Honor recipients were in Tampa Bay as a part of the Medal of Honor Convention taking place from Oct. 22-26.

“It took a while, but many of us that wear the Medal eventually come to the realization that along with the Medal comes a purpose, comes a mission, comes a message,” Medal of Honor recipient SGT Gary Biekirch, US Army, Ret. told NBC Sports Jeremy Roenick after the ceremony. “And many of us feel that burden to share that message. And when we get a chance to come together it’s a time to encourage one another, to give each other a pat of encouragement, motivation, renew ourselves to go out and continue to share that message about what the Medal of Honor means. And that is, it means there’s a different way to live your life, caring for others more than self.”

The Lightning would go on to beat the Penguins 3-2.


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