UTICA — The Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium unveiled a new Battlefield Cross monument Friday as part of a larger celebration of veterans and Veterans Day.

The monument, permanently affixed to the plaza outside the Aud, represents "the lives that were lost on the battlefield where military personnel made their ultimate sacrifice," according to a news release.

It depicts a pair of boots and a vertical rifle with a soldier's helmet resting on top.

The statue was unveiled as part of the Official Purple Heart Hockey Club Proclamation Ceremony. A second memorial, featuring a flag from each branch of the nation's military, also was unveiled during the same event.

The Utica Comets wore special black-and-purple jerseys for Friday's game as part of the celebration and some of the jerseys were to be auctioned off at the end of the game to benefit the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, Chapter 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Chapter 944 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Fans also had a chance to sign a new Military Recognition Wall behind Section 213.