In honor of Memorial Day, ACE Ticket sent 200 current U.S. service men and women, veterans, and their guests to see the Red Sox win 8-3 at home against the Blue Jays on May 29th. ACE Ticket reached out to the public via an announcement on NESN during the Red Sox game on May 18th asking for submissions to nominate a veteran or current U.S. military service member to attend the game. We were overwhelmed by the number of community members wishing to honor current and former military service members, and we were deeply touched by the stories they shared. There were stories and nominations received from Maine to Rhode Island, all wishing to honor their loved ones. From WWII veterans to active military awaiting their second and third deployments, each story inspiring and heartfelt.
Mr. Leo Velente was nominated by his granddaughter and they attend the Red Sox game together. 16 million American men and women served in the US Armed Forces during World War II and Mr. Leo Valente was amongst them. Now 92 years young, he was part of a generation often called the greatest generation and rightfully so. Like so many thousands of others growing up as teenagers during the Great Depression, these young people chose to go to the recruiting stations to answer the nation’s call at the start of World War II.
After 9/11 many similarly volunteered. Mr. Kris Columna, a Rhode Island native, flew all the way from Florida to attend his very first Red Sox game ever as one of the military honorees! Currently on leave from the United States Army stationed in Texas and now living in Florida, Mr. Columna attended the game with his friend. He was the youngest U.S. military personnel we met last night. Putting a smile on each military honoree’s face to show appreciation of their military service was priceless.