Lowell Spinners Salute Military During July 1 Game

Todd Civin@https://twitter.com/toddcivin1Senior Writer IJune 30, 2009

DENVER - JULY 03:  Baseball fans watch a fireworks display on the eve of the 4th of July after the Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets 11-3 at Coors Field on July 3, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will honor all members of different branches of the armed services, particularly local military families, on Military Night on Wednesday, July 1 at LeLacheur Park in conjunction with Fireworks Night when the Spinners return home from a six-game road trip.

Festivities are scheduled throughout the evening to honor those brave men and women who serve our country, as well as the family members who sacrifice for us.

Over 50 such individuals will be on hand, including two Gold Star Families, each who suffered the loss of a service member, as well as recently returned members of our military and the families of those members from the Merrimack Valley who are currently serving, both domestically and abroad.

“The brave men and women of the armed services give so much to our country,” said Spinners Vice President and General Manager Tim Bawmann.

“This is our way of giving back to them, including those service members who have returned from duty, the families of those currently serving and most importantly those families who have suffered a loss.”

As part of the evening’s events, the Spinners will display the portraits of local artist Gina Johnson, who has used her artistic touch to give back to the families of those military members who have not returned home through a project titled Operation Home Ties: Faces of Remembrance.

Through the project, Johnson sketched 115 different portraits, which had been on display at the State House since June 19.

Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, known as “The Singing Trooper,” will perform both the National Anthem and God Bless America. Clark, a former member of the United States Marine Corps, has performed at more than 2,500 events, traveling the world promoting patriotism.

The team will also be honoring Head Groundskeeper Jeff Paolino, who joined the Air Force Reserves in a ceremony held at LeLacheur Park at the beginning of the month.

There will be a postgame fireworks display as the Spinners celebrate Independence Day a few days ahead of schedule.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and a limited number of tickets remain available by contacting the Spinners Box Office at 978-459-1702. For more information please contact Jon Boswell at 978-805-5117 or visit lowellspinners.com.