Lexington Legends Recognize Local Marines with Special Night of Baseball

"Marine Night" Lexington Legends 2009

Lexington, Kentucky June 27, 2009: Marines from throughout Central Kentucky gathered at Applebee's Field as the Lexington Legends (Class A South Atlantic League, Houston Astros Affiliate) hosted what is believed to have been professional baseball's first Military Appreciation Night specifically honoring the Marine for Life Program and Wounded Warrior Regiment.  Precipitated by a general inquiry of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), the Lexington Legends worked closely with the Marine Corps entities to ensure an enjoyable and successful evening for the 7,152 fans in attendance.  In addition to the Marine for Life Program and Wounded Warrior Regiment, representatives of the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville, Marine Corps League, Dan Daly Detachment (Lexington), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (Lexington), were on hand to answer questions and promote the Corps.  Prior to the first pitch, the Marine Corps Reserve Military Police Company "A" Color Guard (Lexington) and the Marine Forces Reserve Brass Quintet (New Orleans) combined for the presentation of colors and the playing of our National Anthem.  The first pitch was thrown by a member of Young Marines (Lexington).  Following the fourth inning, the Marine Forces Reserve Brass Quintet returned to the field, at which time the entire crowd came to its feet for the traditional rendition of the "Marines' Hymn."  Veterans were later asked to stand alone and be recognized, at which time fans extended handshakes and thanked them for their service to our nation.  Proceeds of this Military Appreciation Night were to be donated by the Lexington Legends to the Marine Corps related Eternal Valor Foundation (http://www.eternalvalorfoundation.org/).   Although many people contributed to the resounding success of this event, particular credit must be afforded SSgt Gill Stubbs, Marine for Life, Hometown Link (Lexington), who served as the primary point of contact for Marine Corps community participation.  Special thanks to Chris Wohlgamuth of the Lexington Legends, without whose initiative and vision this memorable evening would not have been possible. (Additional photos in "Galleries" section)