Pelicans, groups batter up to celebrate ‘Military Appreciation Days’

Baseball and honoring veterans go together like a glove and bat for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The 2015-16 Carolina League champion, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the reigning World Series winning Chicago Cubs will pitch their ultimate salute this Saturday night, in helping start the major events for the area’s annual “Military Appreciation Days” through May. The Pelicans will have their fourth annual “Military Appreciation Night” and Military Card Set Giveaway at Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. All active and retired military service personnel will receive a free ticket for this night when they show their ID at the box office.

The first 1,000 fans through the gates before first pitch at 7:05 p.m. will receive a “Military All-Stars” card set of 37 local veterans to be honored during the game against the Lynchburg Hillcats, a Cleveland Indians farm club from Virginia. Fireworks also will fly afterward.

Jen Brunson, the Pelicans’ senior director of community development, broke down the roster of veterans on the cards, each pictured on front with a biography on back: 19 from the Army; five Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force each; two with dual service – one with Army and Coast Guard Reserve, the other Army and Air Force; and one Army National Guard. That total number is 37 because one card touts a late husband and wife, a respective lieutenant colonel and captain, both of whom served in the Army during World War II.

The 36th and final card....

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