Milwaukee Bucks honor active service members, veterans during 'Hoops for Troops' night

NOW: Milwaukee Bucks honor active service members, veterans during ’Hoops for Troops’ night


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As the Milwaukee Bucks fight to defend their undefeated status this season, the team is also shining a light on the men and women who defend the United States.

The Bucks hosted their annual Hoops for Troops night on Wednesday, presented by We Energies. 

"It's an honor, to be honest with you. Huge Bucks fan. Born and raised in Milwaukee. So, it's an honor to be able to come out here and present the flag out on the court," Elvis Alvarado, a recruiter with Wisconsin Air National Guard, said. 

Active service members and veterans were honored during Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. 

Fifty service members sat courtside, with one seat left empty to honor prisoners of war. 

The 484th Army Band performed the national anthem, while others presented the flag, including a father and son. 

"To do this with my son Adam is just, it's great," U.S. Army Veteran Walter Davis said.

"It's amazing. My dad has always taught me a lot about respecting the country, and it's great that I'm able to do something like this with him," Airman First Class Adam Davis said.

Highlights from the most recent Stars & Stripes Honor Flight were shown throughout the game.

Seven veteran-owned businesses were also featured in the Small Business Marketplace at Fiserv Forum. 

The first 10,000 inside received a reversible camo bucket hat.

Fans with valid military IDs were eligible for discounted tickets for Wednesday's game and merch in the Pro Shop. 

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