Honoring Veterans at Home Game

  • Honoring Veterans at Home Game

    Sayville Baseball Held 4thAnnual Honor Presentation for Military Service  Personnel and Veterans

    Admiring the qualities of character, honor, integrity, and loyalty demonstrated by active and former military personnel, like his father, Sayville Baseball Coach Ryan Cox wanted to instill respect for these values in his players. Four years ago, the first SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY was launched before the home game in the baseball field (aka “The Swamp”).

    Still going strong today, the recent SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY, organized by Varsity Baseball Head Coach Ryan Cox and the Sayville Varsity Baseball team, celebrated its Fourth Anniversary by again doing double duty:  as a day of recognition for those who served as well as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, during which approximately $1,000 in proceeds were raised through sales of camouflage t-shirts, baked goods, and refreshments sold by High School clubs, classes, and Baseball Booster Club.

    The highpoint of the event honored veterans along with current service men and women, including those valiant Sayville alumni who are currently serving here and abroad to defend our country.

    It began with Sayville High School student Sean Barry playing military themes on the bagpipes and the Color Guard from VWF Post 433: Gary Gentile, Andy Henning, Michael Alcabes, Joan Furey, Rick Erdmann, and Chris Imperato marching across the infield.

    “We, as Americans, are grateful to our military personnel who are presently serving our country,” began the prepared announcement, read by Physical Education Teacher Jen Wittman, which was broadcast across the field as part of the Support Our Troops ceremony. “…and to our Veterans who have paved the way with their service.”

    After those words of thanks,  Senior Bobby Danzi played a jazzed-up version of the National Anthem on his electric guitar. The ceremony officially ended with the first-pitch, thrown by  Michael Hewson, Sr. (Airforce) to his son: Matthew Hewson, a Senior pitcher for Sayville.

    The game with Amityville ended in victory for the Sayville Flashes.