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Parachutists, Black Hawk Helicopter and Military Vehicles will highlight Veterans/Military Appreciation Day at World Series Park

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World Series Park in Saugus will host a Veterans/Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 16. This will be a 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event that will be free and open to the public – sponsored by Wheelabrator Saugus, the energy-from-waste company that has been part of the Saugus community since 1975. Wheelabrator has been an ongoing contributor to numerous Saugus events and organizations and is once again stepping up to support this community event.

Bob Davis, superintendent of World Series Park, said, “Our goal with this event is to have the community come together to honor our veterans and active military. All veterans and active military are invited to attend. They will be our special guests and will be presented with Challenge Coins and be treated to food and drink. We very much appreciate Wheelabrator’s sponsorship and the many Saugus and out-of-town restaurants and businesses who have agreed to make donations of food. We also appreciate the support of the Saugus Veterans Council. We think this will be a fun community event and encourage all to attend.”

A Commemorative Ceremony will take place on the baseball field starting at 11 a.m.

Parachutists and the landing and display of a Massachusetts National Guard Army Blackhawk helicopter will highlight the ceremony. Invited to participate in the ceremony are federal, state and local officials, military officials, sports celebrities, the clergy, singers and many more. A torch-lighting, a balloon release and music will be part of the ceremony. Free American flags will be distributed to everyone.

Following the ceremony the U.S. Navy Band will present a concert. This will be followed by a baseball game played between Army (West Point) and an as yet to be determined opponent. The Annual Saugus Alumni Baseball Game will also be played.

Other elements of the all-day event include a military vehicles display, a classic cars display, drill teams and marching units, military reenactments and displays, a parade of motorcycles, and a large American flag displayed from a fire ladder truck.

Two other ceremonies will also take place. One will be an unveiling and dedication of a POW/MIA stadium seat. The other will be the Annual Ceremony Honoring POWs and MIAs and will be conducted by the Saugus Veterans Council.

In addition to the Navy Band, all-day entertainment will be performed by Tom Rosa and Company, The Senior Tones, and Beat ConnXtionz Dance Company. A moon bounce and costumed characters will provide entertainment for the children. Booths, raffles and lots of food and drinks round out the event.

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