Fitch honors veterans at baseball game

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Fitch pep band played the "Star Spangled Banner" and a military color guard stood and saluted in the center of the outfield during the pre-game ceremony to honor veterans.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch honored the veterans in the community during the school's baseball game on April 30. The veterans received a special pregame ceremony and pizza during the game.


Austintown Fitch honored the veterans in the community with a military night during the school’s baseball game against Boardman on April 30.

Before the game began, both teams walked out and stood with some veterans. The Fitch pep band, under direction of Wes O’Connor, stood on the field near second base. A military color guard walked to the center of the outfield and stood while the band played “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“It means a lot to give back to veterans in the community because they do a lot for Austintown schools,” said principal Chris Berni.

The veterans received free pizza and coupons upon entering, in addition to the dedication to them before the game.

“Can’t ask for anything better,” said veteran Jeff Gulling, who said the night was a great honor, as always with the school’s veteran events.

Berni noted that the veterans participate in all military events that Fitch has throughout the year and were instrumental in creating funds for the school’s Purple Star Project, which schools in Ohio apply to be selected as a military friendly school. Fitch has created a Purple Star Room in the school to honor all branches of the military.

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