Base to Base: Spinners Honor Armed Forces
n the glorious summer evening of July 19, the hospitable Lowell Spinners were back in action, playing baseball, yes, but also hosting another worthwhile themed event, “Armed Forces Night,” honoring and saluting all those who have sacrificed to keep our beautiful country safe and sound.
The event was held on the “Field of Dreams” at spectacular Edward A. LeLacheur Park. Thousands of baseball fans, young and old, come year after year, they fill the stands to watch many local organizations being honored, drink a nice, frosty cold one, chow down a mouth-watering salty pretzel and hot dog and, of course, get a glimpse of the young, handsome boys of summer.
On this special evening, the Spinners treated our beloved veterans and their families like royalty with free tickets to all active and retired military personnel, who were graciously greeted at the box office and given an exclusive tour of the stadium, and then swept onto the field to throw out the first pitch to the boys of summer.
The Hidden Battles Foundation hosted 10 veterans and their families, among them 75-year-old Lowell native Army Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) John P. Cregg, Purple Heart recipient and Marine Sgt. David Silton, and veterans ranging from the Cold War to the current War on Terror, just to name a few.
Hidden Battles strives to help preserve the healthy minds of veterans, firefighters, police officers and first-responders through treatment and counseling for depression, suicidal tendencies and PTSD. Special thank you to Hidden Battles Event Director Leslie Cregg-Hyder for organizing this memorable event for her team.
The Spinners have received numerous awards, accolades and trophies, but most of all, a Spinner game is a fantastic family outing.
Next time you see a member of our beloved armed forces, thank them for there strength and courage and for protecting our country.