PRESS RELEASE – In 2011, the Heroes of the Diamond will complete the “Road to Ground Zero Flag Tour” presented by Ashford University. On Monday, July 4, the Louisville Bats and Louisville Slugger Field have been bestowed the honor of being a part of this historic tour on the same day that our Nation celebrates its independence.
The Ground Zero Flag will be presented on the field during our National Anthem and then again at 9:11 p.m., when the game will be halted for the presentation of God Bless America. Patrick Henry Hughes, a University of Louisville graduate, who has won numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has overcome to achieve these heights, will perform both the National Anthem and God Bless America.
In between the National Anthem and the performance of God Bless America, the Ground Zero Flag will be displayed and fans will have an opportunity see and even touch the Flag.
On site when President George W. Bush delivered his famous “Bullhorn Speech” following the tragedy of Sept. 11, the Ground Zero Flag has been presented to thousands of heroes in ceremonies from Iraq to Afghanistan over the past decade. In 2011, the Ground Zero Flag will be presented all over the nation offering everyone in America the opportunity to honor and touch during its last leg of its cross-country journey back to New York for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
Also, in attendance on Monday, July 4, will be the Heroes of the Diamond. Founded in 1990, at the request of President H.W. Bush, the Heroes of the Diamond are the only team in the world to feature players from every branch of the military and first responders. For over 20 years the team has been dedicated to the proud tradition of Promoting the Awareness and Support of our brave Armed Forces and First Responders. Fan that donate to the Heroes of the Diamond or purchase one of their books will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of their Heroes of the Diamond game used jerseys.
First pitch on Monday, July 4, is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates will open at 6:00 p.m. as the Louisville Bats face the Columbus Clippers, the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Following the game, fans will be treated to a July 4th Fireworks show.
Tickets range from $7 to $11 and are still available at the Louisville Slugger Field Box office, on-line at http://www.batsbaseball.com/singlegametickets or by calling the Bats ticket office directly at (855) 228-8497. Regular box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The entire 2011 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found online at http://www.batsbaseball.com. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at (502) 212-2287.
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