The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/14/13 at 09:47 PM ET
The Red Wings honor an active and/or retired military servicemember during every game, and this time around, well...Watch the video:
Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson tells the story...
There wasn’t a dry eye at Joe Louis Arena Saturday night when the Red Wings’ Military Welcome segment during the second TV timeout of the first period quickly became the best moment of one young guest’s life.
Escely Arias was attending Detroit’s game against Pittsburgh with Brian and Lisa Marr, the parents of her boyfriend and U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Chris Marr. As the three received a standing ovation in honor of the deployed marine they haven’t seen in seven long months, a special video from Chris played on the arena’s Jumbotron bringing tears to their eyes.
There were about to be a few more.
As the cameras returned to Arias and the Marr’s, Chris was standing behind them, tears in his eyes and hands shaking as he hugged his father, his mother and then knelt down on one knee in front of his girlfriend.
She said yes.
“Oh my gosh, no, there’s no words to describe any of this,” said Arias, tears rolling down her cheeks. “Best moment of my life by far.”
While the engagement had been in the works for two months, only Chris, his father, and members of the Red Wings’ marketing staff were privy to the plans.
“I can put it in simple words: I just exhaled for the first time in six weeks,” Brian Marr said. “That’s about it. Between the logistics in getting him here, setting everything up, flying him in last night, thank God it was last night and not tonight. I had to tell everybody, my wife included, that he was flying in (Sunday). There was a lot of moving parts to this, and then the snow, but it all came together. So it was meant to be.”
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