The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday, March 20, that they will honor the community of Newtown and the memory of those lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School during two games this year.
On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, on April 1, the Yankees and visiting Boston Red Sox will stand together in dedicating the game to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, their families, and the greater community of Newtown. Pregame ceremonies will feature joint honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the Sandy Hook victims’ names will be recognized on the center-field video board.
The Yankees and Red Sox will wear special ribbons on their uniforms for Opening Day to honor those lost and those affected by 12/14. This ribbon will also be prominently painted on the field in front of both dugouts. To show Major League Baseball’s solidarity in remembering the victims, their families and the greater community of Newtown, Commissioner Bud Selig has asked the other 28 teams to follow suit in wearing the ribbon during their respective opening day games.
On Sunday, July 7, approximately 3,000 children, families and members of the Newtown community will be invited to Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium when the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles for a 1 pm game.
“The Yankees organization has supported our community in several ways since the tragic events of December 14,” Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said. “Their generosity and compassion during this difficult time means a lot to all of us. We also would like to thank Commissioner Selig, the Red Sox, and Major League Baseball for this meaningful tribute to our community.”