(Fort Mill, SC) - The Charlotte Knights will hold the first of their three Military Appreciation games of the 2013 season on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at Knights Stadium. All veteran and active Military members are welcome to come out and enjoy a great night of baseball. All three Military Appreciation games are presented by Bank of America, OrthoCarolina, and Uncle Bob's Self Storage.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on Monday and first pitch between the Charlotte Knights and the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Before the game, the Knights will welcome a Military member from each of the most recent wars. All five veterans will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Here is a list of recent war veterans that will be honored on Memorial Day and will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch:
- Jessie Hopkins, Iraq & Afghanistan
- Everette Hullette, Iraq
- Tony Harper, Vietnam War
- Jim Kerr, Korean War
- Floyd Hailey, World War II
The entire night will have a Military theme and fans coming out to the game are encouraged to send a photo of a loved one who has served, or is serving in the Military to Tommy Viola at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos will be used in a special slideshow that will be played on the in-stadium videoboard before the first pitch of Monday's game.
As part of the Military-themed game, all Knights players will wear special Military jerseys on Monday and for all three games this season (May 27, June 29, and July 3rd). A jersey auction, which will take place online at charlotteknights.com, will run until Sunday, July 7 at 11:59 PM. Fans can bid on the game-worn, autographed jerseys right from their home computer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the USO of NC.
Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased in person at Knights Stadium, by phone at 704-357-8071 ext. 2106, or online at http://www.charlotteknights.com. Currently, fans can purchase field box tickets to Monday's game for just $5 by using the promo code "starsandstripes" online at charlotteknights.com. Offer ends on Sunday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. Knights Baseball… Tradition Never Ends.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.