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Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at Monday's scheduled Military Appreciation Night events

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 26, 2014

Events scheduled for Monday night's Thunder game in honor of military personnel.

Thunder Cares Auction: the Thunder Cares Foundation is holding a special auction and raffle during the game to benefit Operation Homefront, an initiative to provide emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Raffle and auction tables will be located outside Section 120, near the Thunder shop.

Letters to troops: the Thunder will collect and mail letters of support to troops stationed abroad. During the game, fans can stop by the table outside Section 116 to write letters of thanks and encouragement, and the Thunder will send the letters to servicemen and women currently stations overseas.

Devon Community Heroes: the Thunder will honor five military heroes who will represent all of their cohorts from their time of service.

Thunder salute: the Thunder is asking fans to submit photos of themselves or their loved ones in service to our country. The photos will be displayed in the arena on Monday to honor service members and veterans. Fans can submit photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThunderSalute.

Exclusive T-shirt: A commemorative Military Night T-shirt will be available for $15 at the Thunder shop outside Section 120. For each shirt purchased, a Thunder T-shirt will be donated to military troops.

In-game features: Before the game, chaplain James Smith of the Oklahoma National Guard will lead the invocation. The U.S. Naval Honor Guard will present the colors. The halftime presentation will feature the Southeast High School JROTC silent drill team, as well as the administration of the oath of enlistment for incoming members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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