Ziff Law Firm To Hold Veteran Tribute Ceremony Friday Night At First Arena In Elmira

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The Ziff Law Firm will lead a Veterans Day salute for Twin Tiers military veterans on Friday during the Evansville Icemen-Elmira Jackals ECHL hockey game at First Arena.

Veterans are invited to participate and can receive free tickets for the 7 p.m. game by visiting the Ziff Law Firm at 303 William St. in Elmira during business hours this week.

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks

The Veterans Tribute Ceremony will be held before the game and during the game’s two period breaks. Veterans and their families are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony.

Speakers will include state Sen. Tom O’Mara and Mansfield University President Francis Hendricks, a retired Air Force brigadier general.

The Smithfield-Ridgebury-Ulster Choral Group, under the direction of Vina Miller, will sing “God Bless America.”

State Sen. Tom O'Mara

State Sen. Tom O’Mara

The Mansfield University Brass Band, under the direction of Nathan Rinnert, will perform “Military March.”

The Mansfield University Pep Band will perform the National Anthem.

A patriotic dance will be performed by the Mansfield University MU Dance Team, under the direction of Amy DeLozier.

The Chemung County Volunteer Honor Guard will also appear.

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Congressman Tom Reed of Corning

Congressman Tom Reed of Corning will make a special statement for veterans in a video presentation.

The Ziff Law Firm is also in its sixth season of honoring veterans during all Jackals home games, and is seeking nominations for this season.

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by going to www.zifflaw.com/veterans, or by contacting Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.

One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game. Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

More than 175 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last five seasons.

Thanks for reading,

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
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Nominate A Veteran: Ziff Law Firm Will Again Salute Military Veterans During Elmira Jackals Games

Scott Swanson was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

Scott Swanson of Elmira was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

The Ziff Law Firm will soon begin its sixth season of honoring Twin Tiers military veterans during Elmira Jackals home games, and is seeking nominations for the 2014-2015 ECHL hockey season at First Arena in Elmira.

The Ziff Law Firm is very proud to sponsor this opportunity for veterans to be publicly thanked for their service. We can’t imagine more deserving recipients of our thanks.

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by clicking here, or by contacting Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.

One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game.

See the Jackals’ schedule here.

Clyde Lahnum, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Clyde Lahnum of Horseheads, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

“The veterans who are honored say it is a night they will remember forever, and we hope to create more great memories this season for Twin Tiers veterans and their families,” said Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm.

Opening night for the Jackals is Oct. 17 against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena. The Jackals play 35 more regular-season home games before the season concludes in April.                     

More than 175 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last five seasons.

Thanks for reading,

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
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Tears Of Joy! Ziff Law Reunites Military Couple During Jackals Game At First Arena In Elmira

Army Spc. Albert “Joey” Daghita and his wife Brittany will never forget Saturday night.

Joey, who just returned from his third tour of duty in Kuwait, surprised Brittany on the ice at First Arena during an Elmira Jackals game as part of the Ziff Law Firm’s very popular Veterans of the Game program.

About 3,000 hockey fans cheered for the happy couple and thousands more have seen the news reports about the touching moment when Brittany turns around to find Joey on the ice with her.

That moment gave me chills – no pun intended!

Joey and Brittany were married last May but have been apart since September, when Joey returned to Kuwait.

One of our outstanding paralegals, Annette Viselli Thorne, who makes sure an active-duty military member or veteran is saluted at every Jackals home game in the Veterans of the Game program, coordinated the top-secret reunion.

Here is how Annette and her friends at First Arena pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for Brittany:

Brittany was told that she would be recognized during Saturday’s Jackals game against the South Carolina Stingrays. She was brought out on the ice between the first and second periods, and as the public address announcer talked about her life as a military wife, Joey snuck up behind her in his camouflage uniform and surprised her.

The crowd of 3,000 fans, including about 25 of their relatives and friends, went wild.

Joey, 22, told the news media he was very nervous. “I didn’t know how she was going to react. My heart was beating a thousand beats a minute.”

“Mine was, too,” Brittany, 23, added.

Annette had a few tense moments earlier in the day when Joey was delayed getting home from Fort Rucker in Alabama.

Joey finally arrived at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport north of Ithaca early Saturday evening and had a state trooper deliver him to First Arena. The original plan, for Brittany to drop the opening puck and get surprised, was moved back one period.

But it all went off perfectly once Joey was in the arena.

The Ziff Law Firm wishes Brittany and Joey a lifetime of happiness together. They return together to Fort Rucker on March 15.

I want to thank Annette, who exemplifies the compassionate, hard-working, community-focused folks with whom I work on a daily basis!

Annette had a great time bringing the young couple together and had this to say today: “To be part of such a wonderful homecoming was one of the most heartwarming events I have ever participated in,” she said. “Our law firm is a business, but our caring for our community continues after 5 p.m. every day. And I am so thankful I get to be part of what we do!”

Our thanks to Annette and the people at the arena, who pulled off the surprise perfectly!

See some great local news reports here and here and here.

If you know an active-duty military member home on leave, or a veteran to be saluted during a Jackals game, send Annette an email at [email protected] or call her at 607-733-8866. To learn more about the program, click here.

Ziff Law's Annette Viselli Thorne, left, joins Army Spc. Albert "Joey" Daghita and his wife Brittany after the Veterans of the Game surprise Saturday at First Arena.

Ziff Law’s Annette Viselli Thorne, left, joins Army Spc. Albert “Joey” Daghita and his wife Brittany after the Veterans of the Game surprise Saturday at First Arena.

Thanks for reading!

Jim
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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com