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Bill Richards, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach, and Korean War Veteran Arv Gatten participating in ceremonial puck drop with Pistons captain Braden Purtill and Blues captain Matt Leblanc.

Pistons Honour Veterans during Remembrance Day game

The Pistons’ annual Remembrance Day game took place yesterday, as they partnered with the Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach.

Wednesday’s night game was dedicated to courageous, bravery, and all of the devotion of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“We are just so proud to be a part of this,” said Veteran Retired RCMP Comrade Bill Richards, now the President of the Royal Canadian Legion of Steinbach. “We’re trying to get into the community more and more, and the reception that we’ve received from the public during this game has been phenomenal.”

Richards said that the Legion has been working on this partnership for a couple of months. He says that it is always an honour to be recognized around the time of Remembrance Day. “It’s an honour to even be here. I’m so happy that people are supporting us this evening.”

Richards and the Legion announced during the first intermission that they have donated $10,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society as a result of their Poppy Campaign. “We average almost $10,000 in donations from the public (every year). That’s a lot of quarters, dimes, and nickels,” Richards noted. “We’re just so proud to be in this community, and we’re proud of the support that Steinbach citizens give us.”