Military Heroes Honored and Remembered Early and Often at Victory Field

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November 11, 2015 — Remembrance Day, better known as Veterans Day, is observed each year on or around November 11. Recognizing and honoring United States military servicemen and women in 2015 — especially those from Indiana — occurred on much more than a single day at Victory Field.

  • April 14, 20, May 7 & 20 — U.S. Army Recruiting was on hand with a fun, interactive physical activity area in PNC Plaza to interact with thousands of school-age children during Baseball In Education days. (Photo gallery.)
  • May 16 — On Armed Forces Day fans were treated to several unique experiences including Tribe players donning camouflage jerseys, a post game fireworks show, and the opportunity to support advance education opportunities for Indiana National Guard members. Proceeds from a post-game jersey auction helped fund WGU Indiana scholarships for Indiana National Guard members.
  • June 12 — The Indians celebrated the 240th birthday of the U.S. Army with a “Salute to Service” Friday Fireworks show.
  • July 4 — An Indianapolis tradition, the Indians sported Stars & Stripes jerseys for this Independence Day game and another auction fundraiser. Proceeds benefited the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund – a charity dedicated to providing financial grants to Indiana soldiers and their families who are facing financial hardships while separated due to a soldier’s mobilization.
    2015 Indians Stars & Stripes Jersey
  • July 25 – On this beautiful Saturday, the Indiana Air National Guard was recognized during a pregame ceremony.
  • Aug. 11 — On what was the season’s most spectacular pregame presentation, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachuted into Victory Field with the game ball that they promptly presented to Rear Admiral Kevin Hayes the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command Deputy Commander who then delivered the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Sept. 4 — Military Appreciation Night at Victory Field was highlighted by check presentations to Indiana National Guard by Indians senior leadership for the funds raised from the camouflage and stars and stripes jersey auctions earlier in the season.

The Indiana National Guard had several other occasions to be part of special events at Victory Field in 2015, including the Indiana University vs. University of Notre Dame baseball game on April 21, the Victory Field Classic high school baseball games on May 8, throughout the Indians thrilling postseason run to 2015 Governors’ Cup Finals in September, and the inaugural year of the Victory Field Gridiron Classic high school football games on Oct. 2 and 16.

Rowdie Tickets for Troops

The Tribe’s Indians Tickets For Troops program allowed more than 10,000 service men and women to attend Indians games in 2015. Since 2012 more than 32,000 U.S. Military personnel have been admitted to Indians games for free thanks to this program.

Outside the ballpark in 2015, Indians mascot Rowdie appeared at the Division Armory for its TAG Holiday Wellness Party.

Veterans Day is important because it is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice. The armistice ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. The day is to thank Veterans for their service.

At 11:00 a.m., a period of silence lasting two minutes may be held. This is because it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the armistice came into effect. Originally, the day was known as Armistice Day.

DID YOU KNOW: In the United States, Veterans Day is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs on a Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.

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