HOLYOKE, MASS. (WWLP)- The Valley Blue Sox team hosted an appreciation on Sunday to honor the men and women who serve our country.
22News was at the event, where there was strong support from the community. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Affairs of Central and Western Massachusetts. Veteran and active military were allowed into the game for free.
Arthur Dominick from Holyoke is a big fan of the team. He and his wife Judy, regularly attend the games at Mackenzie stadium. For Arthur, Sunday’s game was special.
“I was in the united states air force for 26 years…I am here to honor the other veterans and I think it’s a great thing and I think it’s about time that they are doing something to honor the veterans,” Arthur said.
Among Sunday night’s festivities, the Military Appreciation Night included special ceremonies, and a troop supply drive. The troop supply drive is being held in conjunction with ‘Pledge-2-Patriots’ and One Call Away Foundation and those are located right at ticket gates at the ballpark.
“We can’t forget those individuals. They’ve given us our freedom and this is a way to pay back and recognize those individuals,” Carlos Nunez the president of Pledge 2 Patrons and veteran said.
Every individual who donates will be entered into a raffle to win Blue Sox memorabilia. For those interested in donating, organizers encourage items such as razors, snacks, baby wipes, shampoo, and soap.