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The Blues will wear special camouflage jerseys during warm-ups that will be will signed by players and auctioned and raffled off. Goaltender Brian Elliott will do his part by donning a special Veterans Day-themed mask, designed by his regular artist at Head Strong Grafx:
Elliott was presented with the mask after Monday’s practice by Charles Rohde, a 92-year old World War II veteran and St. Louis native who has an impressive resume:
He was part of battles in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was there on D-Day, too, where he saw a nearby truck get hit with burning metal and debris. While taking fire, Rohde raced to the truck and saved the TNT, ammunition and records that were inside.
Since then, Rohde has awarded five bronze battle stars from the U.S. Army. He’s also won the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest individual military award. And for his heroic efforts on D-Day, France awarded him with the Legion of Honor award, the country’s highest honor.
"It's definitely an honor getting (the mask) from Mr. Rohde, someone that's been through something that we've only read (about) in books," Elliott said via the Blues website. "He's a hero. It's an honor to be in his presence, for sure."
Fan who make donations toward care packages for troops will be entered into a raffle to win one of the Blues’ special warm-up jerseys. Elliott will auction off the mask with proceeds benefiting charity.
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