NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN, one of the mission statements for the US Military WarDogs was on full display during the SummerBall Showdown in Goddard, Kansas.
The WarDogs partnered with Hope for the Warriors to honor 30 Fallen Service members and their families during a ceremony prior to one of the games at the SBS on August 5th, 2022.
The US Military WarDogs showcased a memorial uniform, created by Under Armour and supported by Denver Athletics. The jerseys were adorned with the names of the 30 Fallen on their back, a special Hope for the Warriors patch and oversized American flag.
The ceremony was highlighted by the attendance of the family of fallen service member, Luke Boatright. During the ceremony, the WarDogs conducted a flag folding ceremony that was given to the Boatright family along with other special recognition.
While wearing a jersey representing Luke Boatright, Eddie Ihnken, one of the captains of the Wardogs, presented the Boatright family with the folded flag used during the ceremony.
“I was honored to represent Luke Boatright and his family out on the baseball field that day. It started with receiving the special blue WarDogs jersey with his name on the back and it gave me the chills. I knew that by wearing this jersey meant I had to leave my best game out on the diamond.” – Eddie Ihnken, WarDogs Player, Coast Guard.
Ihnken would continue to represent Boatright and his family by wearing the memorial jersey throughout the subsequent game.
The WarDogs continued to honor Luke Boatright by reading a short bio that provided all in attendance a sense of his commitment to service and his family.
“As I was listening to Luke’s bio, I looked over at the college players who were toeing the third base line. I noticed that one of the players had tears in his eyes which showed me the importance of what it is we are doing.” – Bryan Witt, WarDogs Player, Army.
The ceremonies that the US Military WarDogs conduct during special events and games, are a part of the reason the organization was created. The WarDogs will continue to ensure that our service members are never forgotten, especially the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The following are the names of the 30 Fallen the WarDogs honored at the SummerBall Showdown: Names provided by Hope for the Warriors: www.
BOATRIGHT LETENDRE DIXON III
BENITEZ HALL JR. SMITH
HERNANDEZ III VANCE JR. CINTRON
BYRD FLORES STOBAUGH
KOCH PHILLIPS JR. SCHWARZ
CAMPBELL QUINTANA WEST
POKORNEY JR. ROBERTS HUNTER
VILLATORO STODDARD KEVIANNE
SILVERMAN MURPHY OJEDA
STIFTER ADAMS JACKSON
The Strength of our Fallen brothers and sisters stands with us and will forever, never be forgotten.
Never Forget our Military. Never Forget our Veterans. Never Forget our Fallen.