SOUTH BEND - The stands at Coveleski Stadium were flooded with red, white, and blue on Sunday. That's because it was Military Appreciation day at the ballpark. Many veteran groups came out for a fun day in the beautiful baseball weather.
Dave Martin is the Vice President of the local Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 1027. Martin said days like today bring people together. "We're here to bridge the gap between all wars,” said Martin.
Martin said, “It means a lot,” to him to see the patriotic colors in the stands.
Dale Hemphill was in the stands, too. He’s a member of Lest We Forget based out of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan.
Hemphill designed a flag to honor people who served in all wars. "I was going past the Pentagon years ago and it just hit me like a light. Came back and told my father ...and he said son I think you've got a good idea,” said Hemphill.
That was in 1979 and since then the flag has been redesigned at least ten times. "It’s come along that now it’s a tribute to Old Glory, veterans of all wars, and all who gave or lost their lives in 9/11,” said Hemphill.
The Silver Hawks got a win for the vets on Appreciation Day.
"It's a beautiful day for a ballgame and a beautiful day for celebrating in honoring of all of our veterans,” said Hemphill.
The final score was 3-2 against the Lake County Captains.