SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Past and present military veterans will be honored guests May 4 when the Slippery Rock University baseball team hosts "Military Appreciation Day" at Jack Critchfield Park and salutes Marine Corps Cpl. Albert Gettings, an SRU student killed in action in Iraq.
The Rock baseball team will wear specially designed camouflage jerseys, to honor Gettings, who died Jan. 5, 2006, while fighting in Fallujah. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with a Combat V for his heroic actions.
The day's events will open at 2 p.m. with a free tailgate for veterans in the Critchfield Park Parking Lot prior to SRU's 4 p.m. doubleheader against Gannon University.
SRU will also honor its three senior student baseball players as part of Senior Day prior to the start of the second game.
Military Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation of New Castle and co-sponsored by the Slippery Rock Lions Club and the Stanley Snyder VFW Post 7465 in Volant.
Veterans will be honored during on-field ceremonies prior to the first pitch.
Donations will be taken during the first game of the doubleheader and, along with all the proceeds from sales in the Critchfield Park Concession Stand, will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project in honor of Gettings and veterans of all branches of the military both living and deceased.
Active and retired military personnel planning on participating are asked to RSVP to Laura Vernon, clerk typist II in the University Public Relations/Sports Information Office, at 724.738.4137 by April 29.
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