"I think it's very important for the community itself to come out and see what our heroes have done, so i figure we wanna give back to these guys and get some recognition for what they do, and this is one of the reasons why we've done this for them," says Butch Russo, Brewers Owner.
Over 600 fans came out to Donovan Stadium for the Red, White, and Blue Tour honoring our United States military. Some honorees say that just knowing people care is what means the most.
"It's an honor to me personally because it just shows that people care about it. My vehicle was hit by an explosive device. I got hearing loss and I got shrapnel to my hand," says Joseph Andrews, an honoree.
The Brewers honored returning heroes like Joseph Andrews who live to tell their tale, as well as those who weren't as fortunate.
"I lost my son in the military and that never gets better. But just the fact that people still honor and respect the loss of their Americans that have protected them, well, that does good for your heart," says Greg Huxley Sr., an honoree.
The first 500 fans received American flags. Russo says the Brewers hold a different promotional theme every home game and no one ever leaves Donovan Stadium empty handed.
"The first 500 fans that come thru the gate will always get something. Our ticket prices are minimum, we try to keep that at minimum, just have people come in here, have a good time. Ya know, bring the minor league atmosphere back to Utica," says Russo.
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