Military Veterans To Be Honored At L’Burg Boys Basketball Game Jan. 21
By Travis Thayer
Photo by Travis Thayer, Eagle Country 99.3.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg High School and Helping Hands for Freedom have teamed up to pay homage to those who have served or currently serve in our nation’s military.
Although the Lawrenceburg Tigers wear orange and black, an upcoming boys basketball game will be all about supporting those who fight or have fought for the red, white and blue.
On Saturday, January 21, the Lawrenceburg boys basketball team will host the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles for Military Appreciation Night.
Paul Gable, Midwest Director of Operations for Helping Hands for Freedom, along with Lawrenceburg High School, invite local veterans to be recognized on the floor during the varsity contest that begins at 7:30 p.m.
Veterans planning to attend the game are asked to sign in at the ticket desk, so their names can be read during the recognition ceremony.
“It’s about recognizing those who have sacrificed to give us the opportunity to even go see a basketball game,” said Gable. “We want to do this so all of Lawrenceburg gets out and recognizes their veterans, even if it’s for one night.”
Helping Hands for Freedom is a non-profit that aids families of the fallen, wounded and deployed, which was co-founded in 2008 by Indiana resident and retired Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Shannon.
Military Appreciation Night at Lawrenceburg High School is designed to honor military families, while raising funds for construction of a House of Healing and PTSD Center in Indiana.
The Lawrenceburg Military Club will be collecting donations during the game, and will be selling red, white and blue wristbands for $1 with proceeds going towards the construction project.
Gable noted that the Indiana General Assembly is currently working to stop the epidemic of military-related suicides, which has reached a staggering 22 per day. A House of Healing and PTSD Center would go a long way to helping the cause, although a location for construction has not been set at this time.
“We were looking for different ways to get our message out, and thought what better way than to recognize military veterans at high school sporting events,” Gable said. “A huge thank you to Lawrenceburg High School, athletic director Joe Voglegesang and the boys basketball team.”