(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Lexington Legends celebrated Veterans Day by permanently reserving a seat at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in honor of military personnel who are prisoners of war or missing in action.
Seat one in row 14 of section 201, located on the first base side near the top of the seating bowl, will never be sold or occupied. The seat has been painted black. An attached plaque reads "Reserved for a MIA/POW. We will never forget you."
A ceremony to dedicate the seat was held at the ballpark today (Monday). Members of Rolling Thunder, an organization of motorcycle-riding veterans, made their entrance through the outfield gates and rode their motorcycles around the warning track before coming to the seating bowl for the ceremony. The national anthem was sung by Sgt. Shawn McCall. Students from Forest Hill Military Academy, including a color guard, also took part.
"The Legends are proud to take this step as a way to remember those who have sacrificed on our behalf," said Legends President/COO Andy Shea.
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