Se­nior Ti­tans host Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

In the spirit of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and show­ing sup­port for those who fought for our coun­try, the Drumheller Ti­tans are hold­ing a Sup­port Our Troops, Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night this Satur­day.

The team has cus­tom made cam­ou­flaged uni­forms and is hold­ing the game to sup­port the Wounded War­riors Canada, a char­ity that sup­ports ill and in­jured Cana­dian Armed Forces mem­bers, vet­er­ans, first re­spon­ders and their fam­i­lies. The game will also sup­port an­other un­named lo­cal char­ity, which will be re­vealed at the game. This Satur­day the Drumheller Ti­tans are hold­ing a Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night to sup­port Wounded War­riors Canada and an­other Drumheller char­ity. The Drumheller Mail is auc­tion­ing off a cam­ou­flaged Ti­tans jersey with pro­ceeds go­ing to Wounded War­riors Canada.

“We ac­tu­ally have three mem­bers of our coach­ing staff that have served in the mil­i­tary,” said Ti­tans coach Ken Fournier. “We were think­ing of themed events for the fall be­cause the com­mu­nity has been so good to us, we would like to find a way to give back with our games and things that we can do out there.”

Ti­tans coach Mer­lin Hor­ness served with the 8th Cana­dian Hus­sars in Ger­many and the Lord Strath­cona’s Horse in Bos­nia. He sees great value in the aware­ness that Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night spreads.

“The younger gen­er­a­tion just don’t re­al­ize what a sol­dier goes through when they get home, Not all scars are vis­i­ble, a lot are eter­nal and those can be the big­gest ones to deal with,” said Hor­ness. “We want to bring aware­ness to the com­mu­nity. A lot of peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how big a mil­i­tary back­ground that Drumheller had dur­ing World War I and II, and how many peo­ple are re­tired and liv­ing in Drumheller that were in the mil­i­tary.”

At the game, Fournier says there will be an ad­mis­sion for those over 18 of a $5 do­na­tion to the cause. The con­ces­sion and other game day ac­tiv­i­ties will ben­e­fit the char­i­ties. Game time is 4:30 p.m., Satur­day Septem­ber 10.

The Ti­tans, with are hold­ing an on­line auc­tion for the Cus­tom Ti­tans cam­ou­flaged jersey, with the funds raised go­ing to the Wounded War­rior Canada. Go to

Face­book page to bid on the jersey. Bid­ding will close at noon on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9.

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