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RVA – The Richmond Flying Squirrels, in conjunction with The Good Feet Store – Richmond, present a “Salute to TAPS” on Flag Day, June 14, at The Diamond. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
The event will feature pregame skydivers from No Limits Skydiving and in-game will honor families supported by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which “offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in (the United States) Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service.”
The Flying Squirrels will also wear patriotic Flag Day jerseys with red, white and blue digi-camo numbers and lettering. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned during the game with proceeds of the event going to benefit TAPS.
“The military members that we will be honoring and remembering on Flag Day gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms,” Flying Squirrels VP and COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “This event is a way for us and the community to show our gratitude and support to them and their families.
“The Squirrels have never worn digi-camo jerseys like these before, so that’s one reason to bid on them. But even more so, the TAPS organization provides an important and necessary resource to the loved ones of our fallen heroes.”
Founded in 1994, TAPS is a national peer support network and connection to grief resources for surviving family members and loved ones of fallen servicemen and servicewomen at no cost.
“Every day that we open The Good Feet Store with peace and safety is cause for thanks,” said Jonathan Cotten, owner of The Good Feet Store – Richmond. “Those who have given the ultimate sacrifice deserve our thanks and recognition. June 14, Flag Day, seemed a logical day for our ‘Salute to TAPS,’ and we are glad to partner with the Flying Squirrels to invite these special families so we can all say thanks.”
The game also features Wine Up Wednesday wine specials from 5:30-7:30 p.m. presented by Mix 98.1. There will also be live pregame entertainment by Ragged Edge on the Elephant Insurance Fan Zone main stage.
Flying Squirrels individual tickets, mini plans and group packages are on sale by contacting the Richmond box office at 804-359-FUNN or online at www.squirrelsbaseball.com
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