This past Sunday, the Louisville Bats welcomed 300 Gold Star Families to Slugger Field in a partnership with the Woody Williams Foundation. These families were invited as special recognition for their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Throughout the game, Gold Star Families took part in different aspects such as singing the national anthem and throwing out the first pitch and were recognized throughout the game.
One of those families is from Meade County. Army Sgt. James A. Sherrill of Ekron died on April 3, 2005, from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device that the vehicle he was riding in encountered in Bayji, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sherrill was a 1996 graduate of Meade County High School and a huge part of the MCHS Greenwave football team. He joined the Marines after graduating. After leaving the Marines following four years of service, he joined the Kentucky National Guard which ultimately sent him to Iraq as part of the 2113th Transportation Company.
Sherrill was engaged to Stephanie Blevins, and they were expecting their first child when Sherrill tragically lost his life.
The Woody Williams Foundation also had a replica of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on display at Slugger Field last weekend.
“As a service member myself – for me, it’s almost a natural therapeutic to ensure that I know those families and the legacies of their loved ones are never forgotten,” Alexander Naurt, Woody Williams Foundation, said.