SALEM - Mark your calendars. The Oregon Department of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will host DAV Day at the Ballpark May 23 when the Portland Beavers baseball team hosts the Nashville Sounds. The date coincides with Military Appreciation Night. The first 1903 fans will receive military caps.

DAV Day at the Ballpark is in its ninth year. The program provides veterans from VA Medical Centers and Nursing Homes the opportunity to attend a ballgame. More than 54 cities across America participated in the event last year.

Director Jim Willis of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) extended appreciation to the Portland Beavers by stating, "America's game showcases the fighting spirit that forever lives within our veterans. My deepest appreciation is extended to those that provide a patriotic observance of those that wore the uniform."

Major League Baseballfans from the Pacific Northwest can catch-up with DAV Day at the Ballpark in Seattle April 18 when the Mariners host the Detroit Tigers. The Mariners-Tigers game is scheduled as Veterans Appreciation Day. On July 11, the Mariners will also host the Texas Rangers.

The Portland Beavers are the Triple-A Minor League baseball club for the San Diego Padres. Portland will play host to the Minor League All-Star Game July 15 with a weekend of fan fest events beginning July 11.

Willis added, "Head out to the ballpark this summer and get involved. Attending community events is important and veteran involvement is significant."

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