Pirates to present Legacy of Valor event in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities will host several events to salute veterans at McKechnie Field today (March 24) and tomorrow (March 25) in partnership with the Patterson Foundation's "Legacy of Valor" initiative. The Pirates and Pirates Charities will host a total of 30 local veteran members and their families from the Team Red, White and Blue organization and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The events include a night at McKechnie Field on Monday, March 24 as Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton will host the group for an evening of fun at the park.

The Legacy of Valor events** will include:

  • Monday, March 24 (6 to 9 p.m.)-- Live batting practice for veterans, hosted by pitcher Charlie Morton, with Pirates Players, Coaches and Broadcasters.
  • The Pirates and the Patterson Foundation will host a family BBQ picnic after batting practice.
  • Tuesday, March 25 (10:45 a.m. to end of game)-- The Pirates will host the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.
  • The veterans group will begin the day with a pregame picnic on the Boardwalk and a special on-field recognition ceremony and check presentation to Team Red, White and Blue and the Wounded Warriors Project.

The mission of Team Red, White and Blue is to enrich the lives of American's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. The Wounded Warrior's mission includes opportunities to honor and empower warriors who were wounded serving in the Armed Forces. Each group will receive a donation from Pirates Charities in an on-field check presentation ceremony before the game on Tuesday, March 25.

On Tuesday at McKechnie, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Pirates camouflage cap as they enter the park, and all fans are invited to stay after the game for a postgame concert by country music star Craig Campbell. Tickets start at $14 and tickets purchased in advance are discounted $2 off day-of-game pricing. There is no additional cost for the Campbell concert. Purchasing a ticket to the Pirates game is the only way to gain admission to the concert.

The two-day Legacy of Valor event is made possible through a partnership with the Patterson Foundation, an organization with a core goal of focusing on creating "New Realities," or realities that emerge when organizations engage in innovative collaboration. The foundation believes in sharing the value of what they learn by working with others to achieve a synergy that benefits all involved and the wider community.

Legacy of Valor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. A mosaic of community-driven partnerships will educate and focus the community to use time, talent and treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families.

For more information, please visit FreedomPassItOn.org.