PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Flags were waiving at Frank Brown Park Wednesday as fans gathered for a baseball game.
Military veterans took to the home plate at Frank Brown Park Wednesday for the 16th Miracle League Veterans Game. (WJHG/WECP)
"It's a game where anyone and everyone can play," announced Dave Johnson, Founder, Miracle League Veterans Game.
Except these players look a little different than you might expect.
They are all military veterans, here for the 16th Miracle League Veterans Game.
"World War II, Vietnam, and Korea veterans and for us to be able to give them a thank you and recognize them for their service while we still have the chance- it's a beautiful thing and as you can see the event just comes together beautiful with all the pageantry that we have," said Johnson.
Like any true American hero, they were escorted with a motorcade as fans cheered them on.
John Milam, one of the players and an Air Force veteran, said it "almost brings tears to your eyes that people are so respectful of what we've done."
But first participants took a moment to honor the players who've graduated to the major leagues in heaven.
And then the game begins.
"Some of them come out here in wheelchairs and walkers but you'll see they push those aside and they're standing up to take their swing. You know, it's a beautiful sight," said Johnson.
A sight many of these veterans are thankful to see.
"It's just different and fun and happy to know that people remember," said Air Force veteran Herman Blagg.
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