The Edmonton Oilers will be hosting a special pre-game ceremony in recognition of Remembrance Day during tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils. In collaboration with No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, the sacrifice and service of Allied and Canadian service men and women will be honoured with the help of students from the foundation, active military members, and World War II veterans Walter Szwender and Norman Anger, who will honoured guests, dropping the ceremonial pucks at centre ice.
Szwender, an avid Oilers fan, who now calls Edmonton home, has lived in Canada since 1946 and served in Italy with the Polish army in WWII. He was recently promoted to Captain by the Polish government for his contributions and courage while serving.
Recently turning 101, author and veteran Norman Anger, from Whitecourt, AB, spent a total of six years in the Canadian army as a dispatch rider receiving extensive training in driver maintenance. Originally from Grande Prairie, he joined the Armed Forces in 1939 and spent time in Italy, France, Belgium, and Holland.
In addition to the pre-game ceremony, World War II veteran Bill Adkins will be distinguished as the Oilers Warrior of the Game during the in-game recognition program. Adkins has a strong tie to Edmonton having worked for the Edmonton Fire Department for 31 years after returning from serving in the Army overseas. He was born and raised in the Westlock area and was a rifleman with the Regina Rifles.
“It is a distinct honour to have our veterans and serving members in attendance at the game ahead of Remembrance Day,” said Tim Shipton, Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, Oilers Entertainment Group. “It’s made all the more special having children from No Stone Left Alone helping us, as they ensure the sacrifice of so many is not forgotten. We want to acknowledge our special guests and show gratitude for their invaluable service to our country.”
No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation was launched in 2011 and is dedicated to honouring and remembering Canada’s veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. To date, they have honoured over 58,000 Canadian Armed Forces members.
Poppy sellers from the Royal Canadian Legion Greater Edmonton Poppy Fund will also be present during Friday’s game and can be found in Ford Hall and the main concourse distributing poppies for donation.
About No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation
No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is, among the leading agencies, dedicated to honouring and remembering Canada’s veterans. The unique ceremony provides students and youth with an authentic experience that creates knowledge, understanding and appreciation of those who serve and of the sacrifice of Canada’s fallen.