Black Hawks Remember Pearl Harbor
Waterloo, Iowa - For more than a decade, the Waterloo Black Hawks have honored veterans and the Armed Forces by wearing a military or patriotic-themed jersey on or around Veterans Day. This season, those jerseys were held back until December to allow the team to observe the anniversary of an event which changed the United States forever: the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which brought the nation into World War II.
According to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, approximately 100 Iowans were killed that day. As many as 2,000 from the state may have been on hand at Pearl Harbor, and tens of thousands more - including Waterloo's Sullivan Brothers - were inspired in the weeks and months which followed to "Remember Pearl Harbor" by serving their country in the Pacific, North Africa, or Europe.
"America was wounded and angry on that day which will live in infamy, but the country was also resolved and united," said Black Hawks Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Greene. "It was a terrible day of great loss, but we hope to remind people of what followed. Over the next four years, Americans from all walks of life made sacrifices of all kinds to assure that the ideals on which our nation was founded would be preserved for those of us here today."
On this December 7th and 8th, the Black Hawks will wear Pearl Harbor Remembrance jerseys, presented by American Pattern & CNC Works, during games against the Madison Capitols and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Profits from a postgame jersey auction following Saturday's matchup with the RoughRiders will be contributed to Americans for Independent Living and Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
Americans for Independent Living creates awareness regarding the need for more accessible living areas for disabled veterans and transitional housing for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Honor Flight program has brought northeast Iowa veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington D.C. to visit the monuments there commemorating their service.
The Pearl Harbor sweaters display an iconic image from the aftermath of the attack and the words: IN REMEMBRANCE DECEMBER 7, 1941. Above the Black Hawks logo on the front of the jersey, an American flag flows from left to right. The right sleeve includes the flag's blue field and white stars, and the left sleeve is covered in red and white stripes.
Tickets are available now for Black Hawks games on December 7th and 8th. Veterans and active duty servicemen and women in attendance will receive a free ticket. To order tickets, visit waterlooblackhawks.com or call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
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