Reading Fightins to honor veterans at ballpark ceremony

American Legion to lay wreath at dog tag monument

READING, Pa. - The Reading Fightin Phils and American Legion Gregg Post 12 will team up to honor veterans at FirstEnergy Stadium this Veterans Day.

The post will lay a wreath in front of the ballpark's dog tag monument on North Front Street during a ceremony that's set to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The monument, in place at the stadium since 1999, pays tribute to military members who made sacrifices to protect the United States.

It's one of several ways the Fightins honor veterans. Since 2014, the team has singled out a veteran at each home game with a ceremonial flag service. The flag that flies next to the dog tag monument is lowered after each game and given to the veteran's family.

The Fightins also have a permanently unoccupied black seat at the ballpark that is dedicated to the more than 91,000 military members who were prisoners of war (POW) or declared missing in action (MIA).

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