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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last month the name Army Master Sgt. Trey Ponder traveled all the way to Sochi Russia, on the chest of an Olympian.  It came back to middle Tennessee Tuesday where it echoed inside Bridgestone Arena.

Ponder was stationed at Fort Campbell.  His duty took him to Afghanistan where he died in 2005.

"The movie Lone Survivor is based on his last mission, his wife Leslie Ponder said.

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Lone Survivor tells the story of four Navy Seals trapped behind enemy lines by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.  Ponder gave his life trying to rescue his fellow service members.

The Nashville Predators welcomed Ponder's wife and daughters Samantha and Elizabeth into Bridgestone, where they met Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, before the game.

Martin was a member of team USA in the winter Olympics in Sochi, where every player wore the name of a fallen soldier sewn into their pads...

Martin skated under the American flag, in front of the entire world, with Ponder's  name close to his heart.

As players, we definitely appreciate the opportunity to represent our country, Martin said.  But when you get to meet the true heroes and to meet their family it's special for us to appreciate that.

Knowing Ponder's name lives on means the world to family he left behind.

It's been eight years and just knowing that it's been that amount of time and still remember and still honor them, it's humbling, Ponder said.

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