Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2014

Blue Jays honoring veterans, military families with special night at ball park

BLUEFIELD — A night for honoring veterans, their families, and what they do for the country will be hosted July 25 at Bowen Field in Bluefield.

The day of Friday, July 25 has been slated at Military Family Appreciation Night at the ballpark, said Marie Blackwell of the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“This is an event that has been going on for over seven years, but it’s the first time in southern West Virginia, and is geared toward our active and veteran military,” Blackwell said.  “It’s a way of thanking them and their families, of showing our appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.”

The game will take place at Bowen Field in Bluefield and is open to the public.  Entrance to the ball game is free for all active, retired or military families and will include a meal consisting of hot dogs, chips and a drink.

Some of the events planned for the evening are: Presentation of Colors, special military ceremony, Bill Archer accompanied by Karl Miller will perform the five service anthems along with the National Anthem, and the first pitch being thrown out by a wounded warrior, Blackwell said.

 The game begins at 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. and events are slated to begin around 6:15 p.m. All military personnel planning to attend will need to contact the Military Family Support Center at 540-400-8301 or 540-492-0506 by July 21 to have their names included on the list of attendees.

“Feel free to contact the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau with questions or concerns at 304-325-8438,” Blackwell said. “Come out for a great night of baseball and support our active and veteran military. Don’t forget to thank a veteran.”

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