Threshers to host Veterans, Military Appreciation Night

— The Clearwater Threshers are hosting Veterans and Military Appreciation Night on Saturday at Bright House Field. The gates open at 5 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. There will be a post-game fireworks show at the ballpark. The evening is presented by Bosley and Bratch, Veterans Disability Lawyers.

Florida Chapter 11 of Rolling Thunder, Inc. will be dedicating a mobile POW/MIA Chair of Honor during a pre-game ceremony on the concourse behind home plate at 5:30 p.m. The perpetually empty Chair of Honor serves to honor the thousands of military personnel who are or were prisoners of war or have been declared missing in action.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos will be speaking at the dedication. Rolling Thunder will be the caretakers of the chair after the ceremony, displaying it at events across the state.

Threshers players will be wearing special camouflage jerseys for the game that will be up for a silent auction. Before the game, there will be parachute jumpers landing on the field and a swearing-in ceremony for new military members. On site will be Veterans Affairs representatives, recruiters from all branches, interactive military displays and specialty vendors. Plus, military vehicles will be on display.

All current and former service members may purchase a $5 field box ticket or a $15.50 Hot Corner Café ticket, which includes an all-you-can-eat menu. A portion of every military ticket sold will benefit the Haley House Fund and the Injured Warriors Fund of Florida. Bosley and Bratch is offering a free $5 field box ticket to the first 500 veterans or active military personnel who respond to the offer.

The first 1,000 guests will receive a camouflage Threshers drawstring backpack courtesy of First Priority. The Bright House Field ticket office may be reached at (727) 467-4457. For informaiton, visit

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