Dayton Dragons to host Hometown Heroes tribute game for returning soldiers
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On August 27th the Dayton Dragons will be hosting their twice annual Hometown Heroes tribute game at Fifth Third Field to honor local returning and active members of the US military as part of the Dragons’ 7PM game against the Lake County Captains.

The event will pay tribute to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base members. The pregame festivities will include a WPAFB honor guard, a singing of the national anthem, a dove release, and a “Video Greeting Card” displayed on the JumboTron from personnel serving overseas. During the game, Major General Walter Givhan will address fans, swear-in a group of new Air Force recruits, and welcome home a group of soldiers home from deployment.

And in case you missed it, on July 31, 2011 The Cincinnati Reds honored Airmen from Wright-Patt Air Force Base during Military Appreciation Night.

Col. Amanda Gladney and Cincinnati Reds mascot Rosie welcomed fans for the game versues the Atlanta Braves. Meanwhile, a C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft completed a fly-over of Great American Ballpark as part of pre-game opening ceremonies.

Master Sgt. Shawn Stanley and Staff Sgt. Terra Mason, members of the Air Force Band of Flight, sang the national anthem. Lt. Gen Tom Owen—an Aeronautical Systems Center commander—threw the first pitch of the game, a perfect strike down the middle of the plate.

We love what we do but it makes it that more meaningful when people come up to you and say thank you for your service. In essence, that’s what the Cincinnati Reds is doing for our community. So we appreciate them reaching out to us and giving our airmen and opportunity to really feel Cincinnati and be a part of the Reds family.

–Sargent Shelina Frey, 88th ABW Command Chief


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