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Oilmen to Stand for the Fallen at Monday's Game

07/21/2019 9:09 AM -

Whiting, Ind. – July 21, 2019 – A night that was already set to be full of patriotism just got more patriotic. 

The Northwest Indiana Oilmen are set to partner with the Indiana Fallen Heroes for Monday’s game against the U.S. Military All-Stars, a team comprised of active duty servicemen. Indiana Fallen Heroes, an organization run by Paul Rosenwinkel, will be part of the unforgettable night at Oil City Stadium.

The organization, which was started as a school project at Boone Groove Middle School, aims to honor the Indiana servicemen and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country. 

“Our goal is to make sure that none of these soldiers are forgotten,” Rosenwinkel said. “We want to make the general public aware of these sacrifices.” 

To do so, they create placards of each fallen hero. Each placard contains a picture and a biography of an individual. The organization travels the state with those placards participating in various events to help raise awareness and honor those fallen heroes. They walk in parades, most recently the Fourth of July Parade in Whiting. 

Their attendance in the Whiting parade is a major reason for their upcoming participation at the U.S Military All-Star Game.  

Oilmen owner Don Popravak contacted Rosenwinkel after seeing them in the parade, and they immediately agreed to partner with the Oilmen for the U.S. Military All-Star Game.  

“Of course we said yes,” Rosenwinkel said. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness for our fallen heroes.”  

The Indiana Fallen Heroes will be part of the festivities Monday night at Oil City Stadium to help honor America and the soldiers that make honorable sacrifices each and every day.

At the end of the fifth inning of Monday’s game, the Oilmen along with Indiana Fallen Heroes will honor those that we have lost fighting since 9/11. The entire stadium will stand to remember a fallen soldier. 

“We are thrilled to have the Indiana Fall Heroes organization involved in Monday’s event,” Popravak said. “This is a great opportunity for us to stand for the fallen during the game. The involvement of Indiana Fallen Heroes will add an extra element to a night filled with honor and respect.”