Hamilton Senior Honored at Fenway, Forgoes Red Sox-Yankees Event at Senior Center

fenway veteransA Vietnam War veteran from Hamilton was among 1,300 veterans recently recognized at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Thomas Hever, former chairman of the Hamilton Council on Aging, was one of 1,300 veterans recognized before the Yankee-Red Sox game on Saturday, July 15.

He was invited to attend in the spring and decided to bring his daughter. Red Sox officials said it was the largest recognition ceremony of its’ kind ever held in the United States.

Gov. Charlie Baker joined veterans at the ceremony, which included a flyover by four F-15 fighter jets and the display of a display outside Fenway Park of a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Fans at the game were asked to stand and hold up placards that said “I salute” to recognize loved ones who are veterans.

After getting the invitation to Fenway Park, Hever had to cancel a Red Sox-Yankees game get-together at the Hamilton Senior Center, according to Hamilton Council on Aging Director Mary Beth Lawton.

“I know he wanted to be at the Senior Center hosting our seniors, cooking hot dogs and making hot fudge sundaes for this game, but getting that call from the Red Sox was a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Lawton said, adding that the COA is proud of his service to the United States.

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