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Hammers to honor Armed Forces in June

Published 1:55pm Friday, May 17, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — The Alabama Hammers arena football team will honor local military and veterans in June.

The Hammers, formally known as the Tennessee Valley Vipers, will keep their longstanding tradition of honoring past and present members of the United States Armed Forces.

“We have put this special event on for 12 years,” GM Joe Stroud said. “We are looking to have some National Guard members and veterans in attendance. In year’s past we have honored a special school out at Redstone but they moved to Ft. Benning, Ga.  So we plan to bring some veterans out and place a lot of the focus on them.”

Stroud said the event is usually the most popular game of the year.

“This year we plan on passing out free t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans or so,” he said. “We also plan on having some members of the National Guard repel down so it looks to be a real great night.”

The game will not be the only time that the team has partnered with local servicemen and women. Stroud said the Hammers make it a point to recognize the men and women of the Armed Forces on a regular basis.

“We partner with the Redstone Arsenal’s Army, Morale Welfare and Welfare (MWR) department on a regular basis,” he said. “We constantly give military discounts and always enjoy recognizing those who serve or those have served our country.”

For more information about the Alabama Hammers, call 256-551-2222.

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