|Over 7,500 people crowded the stands for MMCU's 8th Annual Military Appreciation Day.|
Mid Missouri Credit Union (MMCU) hosted its 8th Annual Military Appreciation Day at Hammons Field in Springfield on June 22, 2013. Prior to the event, the credit union with the help of surrounding community businesses raised over $19,000 through various fundraising events. With the money raised, MMCU purchased over 2,100 tickets and gave them out free of charge to active duty, reservists, veterans, National Guard, retired military of all branches and their immediate family members. Along with each ticket came a free hot dog voucher.
Honorary first pitches were thrown by special guests Col. Bjarne Iverson, MSCoE and FLW Chief of Staff, Staff Sgt. Jonathan James, MSCoE and FLW Drill Sergeant of the Year, SFC Jeremy Washington, MSCoE and FLW AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year, Johnny O’Hare, MMCU CEO/president, and Jim Woods, Mid Missouri Credit Union Board of Directors chairman. The 399th Army Band played the National Anthem, while the Joint Service Color Guard presented the nation’s colors.
During the pregame ceremonies, the Oath of Enlistment took place, which was administered by Col. Iverson. Over 30 enlistees took the field and were sworn into the United States Army. The field was then taken by the Joint Service Color Guard while the 399th Army Band played the National Anthem. Shortly after, the game began between Springfield Cardinals and the Arkansas Travelers.
Throughout the night, MMCU employees threw out shirts, handed out various giveaways and gave out VIP tickets to groups of excited soldiers. The night concluded with a major fireworks display sponsored by the credit union. This was the largest Military Appreciation Day in MMCU history–over 7,500 people were in the stands. While the weather was hot, it was a great night for good ol' American baseball and honoring our military.