Each Thursday home game at PNC Park will once again be designated a Military Thursday in 2019.
Pirates players, coaches and Bucco Brigade staff will showcase their support by wearing specially designed camouflage uniforms to honor our service men and women, and Pirates Charities selected a different non-profit organization each game that serves veterans and members of our military.
The honoree non-profit is recognized on the field prior to the game, hosted in the Pirates Charities suite and will receive the proceeds of the day's 50/50 raffle to help continue their important work.
2019 honoree organizations include:
- It's About the Warrior
- Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans
- Heroes Supporting Heroes
- Veterans Leadership Program
- Helping Heroes, Inc.
- Operation Troop Appreciation
- Veterans Breakfast Club
- Honor Flight Pittsburgh
- Operation Homefront, Inc.
- Veterans Place
- Erie United Methodist Alliance, Liberty House
Pirates Charities is pleased to offer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving active duty members of our military and veterans in the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to apply to participate in this program. The application period for 2019 is now closed. Please check back after the first of the year for the 2020 Military Thursday application.
MILITARY TICKET DISCOUNT
NATIONAL CHAIR OF HONOR
On May 18, 2017, the Pirates participated in the National Chair of Honor program to honor and recognize POW/MIA.
This chair will remain perpetually empty at PNC Park to help people remember that even though our soldiers are not here, there is always space for them.
SPRING TRAINING MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
During Spring Training, the Pirates and Pirates Charities partnered with local organizations to host active-duty military members, veterans, and their guests for a day of appreciation at LECOM Park. All guests received the new Pirates military cap during a pregame barbeque picnic, before enjoying reserved seating at the Pirates vs. Braves game.
Partner organizations included the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Manasota Operation Troop Support, and Veterans Tickets Foundation. ESGR received a Certificate of Appreciation during the pre-game group salute, while a member of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base threw the honorary first pitch.
Senior Airman Justin Smith surprises his family on the field at PNC Park after returning home from 11 months in South Korea.