KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – Grainger Stadium has sat empty for years, but not this weekend. Navy and Air Force are playing against each other this weekend and both teams spent time off the field Friday before their game.
It was all smiles Friday at the States Veterans’ Home in Kinston.
“It’s always nice to give back and thank these people for what they did,” Tucker Jacobs said.
The Air Force baseball team is in town for the annual Freedom Classic. Before their game Friday, they took time to visit those who served our county.
Jacobs said, “It’s nice to hear them talk about what it was like when they were in and what branches they were and what their jobs were.”
Tucker Jacobs said it’s also nice to be back where he used to take the field, “I played baseball at south central high school and I played show case ball and all kinds of tournaments at Grainger Stadium”
The baseball players weren’t the only ones who benefitted from their visit. Veterans showed pictures of their past and talked about what they did after they got out.
William Rowe said, “I enjoy it like I said I can talk and I get different people to talk to while I’m here and I enjoy it.”
Rowe served from 1953 to 1975. He said he enjoys seeing young men serving the country proud, “The fundamentals are the same, you lean to talk care of yourself, your buddy and to help.”
Jacobs plans to be a pilot one day. Rowe said he hopes Jacobs and his teammates love serving as much as he did.