Military Appreciation Day to have game, displays and Earnhardt car
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Military Appreciation Day combines a baseball doubleheader with Southern Polytechnic State University, static military displays and the No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard car.

More details will be released as they become available.

Admission to the games is by donation only with proceeds going toward a veterans park on the west end of Spring Creek on Veterans Memorial Highway (APD 40) east of the BP convenience store located on the corner of 25th and Parker streets.

The park will also link to the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, which leads to Schimmels Park on the campus of Lee University.

The chief methods of fundraising are through camouflage T-shirts sold person-to-person before and during the game and through local businesses in the community, which includes the Cleveland Daily Banner; business and corporate sponsorships, benefit days at local restaurants and a silent auction on game day.

“The entire event will be orchestrated around the ballgames. The first game begins at noon and Military Appreciation Day is expected to last from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.,” he said.

“We are hopeful of having displays of military equipment on Olympic Field and a flyover prior to the first pitch at noon.”

The flyover is still unconfirmed.

A color guard from a local ROTC detachment will present the colors and a military person will lead the pre-game prayer and lead in the singing of the national anthem. “God Bless America” will be sung during the seventh and ninth inning stretches instead of the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Also, a member of the military will throw out the first pitch.

For more information about Military Appreciation Day, please call baseball graduate assistant Andrew Carson at office at 423-614-8031 or email to