On Wednesday, November 14, Soldiers' Angels will be joining a team of troop supporters to give elderly Florida veterans a very special opportunity.
Veterans of Vietnam, Korea and WWII from the Sims Veterans Nursing Home (a state-sponsored facility) will be able to play baseball on a specially-constructed baseball field, complete with player introductions, a live performance of the National Anthem, and a live play-by-play announcer.
The field will be surrounded by American flags, and the Panama City Beach Rotary Club and Panama City Beach Parks & Recreation Department host a cookout for players after the game.
The game is made possible by a Miracle Field, a special smooth playing surface that enables players in wheelchairs, walkers, and any other device to play baseball. Players that need help will be paired up with "Buddies," who will include family members, volunteers, and comrades in arms.
The idea of these special games is that no one is left out of baseball because of their physical limitations. The goal is to make a Miracle Field a safe place where players can be themselves without having to explain anything, a place to forget about everything for awhile and just play baseball.
An honor guard of motorcycles from Soldiers' Angels, Warrior Watch, Patriot Guard and Combat Vet Riders will stand the flag line for players' arrival at roughly 10:00am and game time will be 10:30. First pitch will be thrown by a special, unannounced guest dignitary.
This is the third veterans game at Miracle Field, led by members of the Panama Beach City Rotary Club, local city officials/employees and military support groups. Games are played each spring and fall. For more information about the veterans game or Miracle League, __________________.