Despite Rain, JUCO Memorial Day Goes Off With a Bang

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

For the third straight day, the Junior College World Series was hit hard by rain and thunderstorms. But not even the shaky weather could keep America's heroes away from America's pastime on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is often called the official kickoff of summer -- Monday it felt like anything but.

"It's wet and cold," laughed one JUCO fan.

The military vets and active duty personnel who came to spend their special day at JUCO got a helping of wet bleachers, large puddles, and game delays. But they say compared to some of the things they've had to go through being in the military, the afternoon showers were nothing.

"This is good, the weather doesn't bother me that much," said Army Veteran Keith Richardson.

"I'm sitting under an umbrella and that's why I'm still in a jacket," laughed Army Veteran John White. "It's great to be out here."

In honor of Memorial Day, anyone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces got to see all of Monday's action for free. They were also recognized over the PA system several times throughout the day.

"I think that everybody now recognizes the military is a good force and something to thank," said White.

And in that respect, JUCO officials say the rain was a good thing, and probably made vets and soldiers feel that much more special.

"I was underneath with some people, some veterans were back there and people were walking up to them and thanking them for their years of service and their service to the country," said Jamie Hamilton, Chair of the JUCO Committee. "So now we're having a little bit more comradery."

And the military heroes say they wouldn't have their Memorial Day any other way.

"Memorial Day, especially at JUCO, that puts the icing on the cake," said Richardson.

To cap off the night, fireworks were launched over the outfield.

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