Blackhawks' relationship with USO continues to grow

Blackhawks' relationship with USO continues to grow
August 6, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Nina Falcone

Prior to the start of every Chicago Blackhawks home game, current and former members of the United States military join singer Jim Cornelison on the ice as the sold-out crowd inside the United Center stands and applauds while the National Anthem is performed.

It's a tradition that has become one of the most spectacular and moving moments in all of sports, and it was started after the Blackhawks and United Services Organization (USO) began to develop a relationship over 17 years ago.

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But those pregame performances are just one example of the connection between these two organizations. And on Tuesday, members of the Blackhawks' organization joined the USO to serve them a meal as a small thank you for all their service to the country.

"We get a chance to serve them, I mean this is a privilege," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said. "So we get to be here for two or three hours and make some new friends which we all did tonight. It's a great event."

Catch the rest of the event in the video above.