By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — The longtime connection between baseball and America’s military will be honored Memorial Day Weekend as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic.
The Hall of Fame and village of Cooperstown will host the “Wall That Heals,” a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the weekend of May 25 to May 27.
“We are privileged to bring the wall to Cooperstown and we thank the village Board of Trustees for its support in providing a venue for this historic occasion,” Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said. “As we salute our nation’s military alongside the Hall of Fame Classic, this appearance will provide New York residents as well as those from surrounding states the ability to view this remembrance of our fallen heroes.”
Hall of Fame Senior Vice President Bill Haase said the visit was important for him as a Marine veteran of Vietnam.
From his experience having seen the memorial in Washington, “it has a deep meaning and significance to everyone who served,” he said. “It should have a long and lasting impact to all those who visit.”
It will be arriving at the Doubleday Field parking lot in Cooperstown on Thursday, and will be installed the next morning. Officials said it should be ready for viewing, at no charge, about noon May 25. It will be available for viewing 24 hours a day until the morning of May 28, when it will be disassembled.
The Hall of Fame will also salute the military with the Hall of Fame Classic Legends Game and special programming.
The game that starts May 25 at 2 p.m. will be preceded by a couple of events. The 10th Mountain Division Color Guard and Band from Fort Drum will be featured in pregame ceremonies including the noon Cooperstown Game Day parade on Main Street as the museum presents a salute to the Armed Forces. The Legend’s Hitting Contest starts at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field.
Information about the weekend is available at www.baseballhall.org.