BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Post 7 American Legion baseball team was recognized by Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley at a recent City Council meeting last Thursday in City Hall for their work with honoring veterans during a recent baseball game.
The team honored local veterans with a Veterans Appreciation ceremony prior to their game with Garrett County (Md.) back on July 19.
The veterans lined up on home plate between both teams during the playing of the national anthem and shook hands with both teams as they were thanked for their service to America.
“We would like to thank Buckhannon City Mayor David McCauley and the members of City Council for the recognition to the Buckhannon American Legion Post 7 baseball team last Thursday evening,” remarked Buckhannon Post 7 general manager Kevin Boring.
The Veterans Appreciation ceremony was just one of many interactions the baseball team has with local veterans during the season and the off-season.
“In addition to the focus on baseball, the last three years we have tried to increase the connection between our players and the veteran community,” stated Boring. “Our players have helped with banners at Jawbone Park, carried flags in the Veterans Day parade and this year we added a Veteran Appreciation ceremony at our last home game.”
Boring said it’s an important connection to make with his team and local veterans.
“I think it is important to work with our young men on the team and help teach them about patriotism, respect and honoring our country and the veterans that did and still do so much for our freedom,” he remarked. “I think our veterans are a tremendous resource for our young men and we can all learn so much from them. We look forward at Buckhannon Post 7 baseball to continuing the relationship with our local veteran community.”