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By Mike Johnson on 2017-10-20 14:38:00

The 2017 WWE Tribute to the Troops special will air on the USA Network on Thursday 12/14, has confirmed.

WWE will film the special on Tuesday 12/5 as part of the Smackdown Live taping in San Diego, CA at the Valley View Casino Center.

Held annually since December 2003, the Tribute to the Troops event first began as a USO tour put together by WWE where they would bring a live event over to American troops stationed in the Middle East and tour different bases meeting with servicemen and women.   Over the years, Tribute events have been held in Iraq and Afghanistan before moving to domestic locations starting with 2010.

Since 2010, the show has evolved into a patriotic event designed to celebrate those who have entered into military service for the United States. 

The Tribute to the Troops events have led to WWE being honored by the USO, The Army and Air Force Exchange Program and the G.I. Combat Film Festival, among others.

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