North Platte Legion to host military appreciation night Tuesday

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Legion baseball juniors and seniors will host rival Kearney for a double header on Tuesday, it will also be military appreciation night at Bill Wood Field.

(Left to right) Trey Barker, Grady Simants, and Bryce Butterfield stand at the pitcher's mound for the National Anthem ahead of a North Platte Legion Baseball game at Bill Wood Field (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

"They're the reason we get to play the game we love. We owe them the respect of fighting for our country," Juniors head coach Jace Barker said of the importance of hosting a military appreciation night.

Kearney originally approached North Platte with the idea for the special night. Both teams will be wearing special jerseys on Tuesday, and Kearney will host a military appreciation night of their own when they host North Platte next week.

The North Platte jersey will be a two-tone, grey with camouflage sleeves.

"It's easily forgotten, they give their lives for us, and we're here playing baseball. Sometimes we take that for granted, we don't always think what they did for us, what they do for us on a day to day basis. We're working on instilling that in our kids, and also the people who come to the game. We've just gotta show our appreciation, show that we're here for them as well," Barker said.

The Juniors game starts at 5 p.m. at Bill Wood Field, with the Seniors game to follow, and there will be a special recognition between the games. There will also be a color guard to perform the national anthem.

Current and former military members are given free admission to all North Platte Legion games.