Veterans play Miracle League baseball game

Veterans play Miracle League baseball game

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- Age was but a number Tuesday for local veterans who came out to compete on a very different kind of battlefield.

It was a beautiful day for a ball game in Panama City Beach.

Residents of Sims Veterans Nursing Home took part in the 10th Miracle League Veterans Baseball Game at Frank Brown Park.

"For them, in their minds they might be in those old bodies but they're out here feeling young again, playing baseball," said Dave Johnson, the founder of the Miracle League Veterans Game.

More than 40 veterans split into two teams and played an inning of baseball.

World War II Veteran Kennith Algar hit a homerun. For Kenneth, the best part is being out on the field with his friends.

"Having everybody together, all the visiting we do, a lot of people I haven't seen in a while," Algar said.

Members of the community also came out to show their support and cheer on the vets.

Panama City Beach Mayor Gale Oberst threw out the first pitch and the Arnold High School ROTC led the opening ceremony.

"We all get caught up in the emotion of it," said Johnson. "It's our time to say thank you for their service and let them know that they're not forgotten."

They are known as our greatest generation, and organizers say it's important to thank them while we still can.

"For a lot of our veterans it's the last hurrah. Sadly we lose some of them between games," said Johnson.

This was the 10th Miracle League Veterans Game in five years. It was originally supposed to be only once a year, but the game became so popular among veterans organizers added a second game.

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