Sullivan Black Hawks hockey jerseys

This image, provided by the Waterloo Black Hawks, shows what the team jerseys will look like during home games at Young Arena Nov. 17 and 18.

WATERLOO — As part of a longstanding tradition, the Waterloo Black Hawks hockey team will honor military veterans on the ice in November.

At home games on Nov. 17 and 18 at Young Arena, the Black Hawks will honor five of the country’s most famous veterans of all time — Waterloo’s own Sullivan brothers.

Players will don specially designed jerseys featuring an iconic image of the five Sullivan brothers — George, George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert — who were killed in 1942 during World War II when the USS Juneau was torpedoed and sunk off the Solomon Islands. Each jersey also will feature the number 75, an image of the USS Juneau on the back and a patch bearing the official seal of the United States Navy on each shoulder.

Black Hawks spokesman Tim Harwood said the team was aware of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Juneau and “couldn’t be more honored to help commemorate it.”

“This is something that is so significant in Waterloo’s past,” he said. “It brought so much attention to Waterloo on a national stage, and in 1942 it was the focus of so much positive sentiment and patriotism. It’s a really special story and we wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to recognize something that resonates with the community. The majority of our fans are aware of the Sullivan brothers’ sacrifice, and we are excited to help share that story.”

The jerseys will be auctioned off after the Nov. 18 game, and proceeds will go to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and the Cedar Valley Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Honor Flight program, which takes local veterans on daylong trips to visit Washington, D.C., war memorials.

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