WASHINGTON, DC: To mark the 100th Anniversary of America's joining World War I, the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) will join with the US World War One Centennial Commission and teams across the International League to honor the veterans of World War I on Armed Forces Day, May 20.
The RailRiders will feature a WW1-themed game with special giveaways, local history presentations and representation from area veteran groups.
"Having the opportunity to honor and commemorate our WWI soldiers on Armed Forces Day in conjunction with the WW1CC is an honor," RailRiders President/COO Josh Olerud said.
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is a Congressional Commission, created to provide public outreach, education programs, and commemorative events for America's involvement in World War I. Congress also authorized the Commission to create the new National World War I Memorial in Washington DC.
The WW1CC is also active on the state level, working with the WW1 Commission of Pennsylvania along with veteran leaders, elected officials, historians and youth groups in honoring the veterans of WW1.
The WW1CC's Executive Director, Dan Dayton, is thrilled by the partnership with the International League teams. "This is a great opportunity for the World War I Centennial Commission, to partner with the people of the league, the teams, and with the fans, to remember these American veterans, and what they did for us all".
Randy Mobley, President of the International League agreed, "The story of baseball has roots in World War I, and the story of World War I has close ties with baseball. One hundred years ago, hundreds of professional and semi-professional players put their baseball careers on hold in order to serve overseas in the war, including Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Eddie Grant. The International League is proud to partner with the WW1CC on this important commemoration and it is fitting that baseball be part of our national tribute to those who served in WW1."
More information on the World War I Centennial Commission; ww1cc.org
International League www.milb.com
Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders www.swbrailriders.com
Beginning May 20, the RailRiders are offering a $2 walk-up discount on available lower level tickets for active and retired members of the military. A valid military ID is required at the time of purchase. The offer is day-of-game only, for all lower level seating locations, based on availability. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit www.swbrailriders.com.
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