The York Revolution staff had a hard time focusing on their work during their first ever "Salute to Veterans" game day last year at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
"Veterans were being honored, and it was a great ceremony, a great experience," said Sam Nosoff, the stadium's corporate partnerships assistant. "It was one of those things where everybody who was working, stopped what they were doing and watched."
The event draw a large crowd as hundreds of veterans and veterans groups showed up with family and friends, he said.
Nosoff said he expects a mixture of excitement and solemnity at the second annual "Salute to Veterans" pre-game ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the stadium at 5 Brooks Robinson Way in downtown York.
That day the Revs will play against Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 6:30 p.m. Each veteran will receive a free ticket for the game and a $5 gift card to use at the stadium, according to the office of State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York.
DePasquale's office worked with York Revolution to do the first Salute to Veterans last year.
"I just don't believe you can ever say, 'Thank you' enough to our veterans," he said. "If you're at the game and you get a chance, go over to a veteran and say, 'Thank you.'"
More than 200 veterans from all wars are expected to attend the ceremony, which will last up to 45 minutes, Nosoff said.
William Penn Senior High School's JROTC will act as the color guard for the event.
Central Middle School Fife and Drum Corps will play on the stadium plaza, said Shawn Fink, DePasquale's chief of staff. There are plans for the national anthem to be done by performing arts students from local New Hope Academy, she said.
The stadium also will play a medley of military songs during the ceremony and the game, Nosoff said.
Veterans have until Monday, May 21, to reserve free tickets for the game. They also will get a $5 gift card to be used at the stadium, Fink said.
Nosoff said he has received calls from veterans who reserved more than 100 tickets for the May 25 game.
"From the responses I get on the phone, they had a great time last year and can't wait to see it again," he said. "They're excited, and we're excited."
Veterans of all wars can attend the game free. They can purchase additional tickets for $6 each.
To reserve their free tickets, veterans can call Sam Nosoff at the stadium at 801-4488 or email him at email@example.com. The reservation deadline is Monday, May 21.
Free tickets for veterans also will be available on game day. The stadium will have a special table set up outside to assist veterans, Nosoff said.
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