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Mid Missouri Credit Union Hosts 10th Annual Military Appreciation Day

Mid Missouri Credit Union (Fort Leonard Wood) hosted its 10th Annual Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 20 at Hammons Field in Springfield.

Prior to the event, the credit union raised more than $17,000 through various fundraising events and with the help of many surrounding community businesses. With the money raised, Mid Missouri Credit Union purchased 2,000 tickets and gave them out free of charge to active-duty service members, reservists, veterans, National Guard, retired military of all branches, and their dependents. Each ticket included a free hot dog and a free Cardinals coin voucher.

During the pregame ceremonies, honorary first pitches were thrown by special guests Brigadier General Kent Savre, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General, Staff Sergeant Eric Ross, Fort Leonard Wood Advance Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year, and Johnny O’Hare, Mid Missouri Credit Union CEO/President.

In addition, Brigadier General Savre administered the Oath of Enlistment. More than 20 enlistees took the field and were sworn into the United States Army. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Sidley led soldiers, sailors and airmen onto the field for formation just before the national anthem.

The 399th Army Band, under the direction of Warrant Officer One Richard Chapman and First Sergeant James Freeman, played the national anthem while the Army Color Guard, led by Sergeant First Class Marcus King, presented the Nation’s colors. Shortly after, the game between the Springfield Cardinals and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals began. During the 7th inning stretch, Staff Sergeant Michael Joseph, from Fort Leonard Wood sang “God Bless America.” Staff Sergeant Joseph, who is a drummer with the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, was voted Army Entertainment's 2014 Rising Star.

Throughout the night, Mid Missouri Credit Union employees threw out shirts and handed out various giveaways. The night concluded with a major fireworks display sponsored by the credit union. While the weather was hot, it was a great night for good ol’ American baseball and honoring our nation’s military.