Home Base, the program begun by the Red Sox and Mass General Hospital in 2009 to treat the invisible wounds of war, will mark the 50th anniversary of the deadly conflict in Vietnam with a ceremony before Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.
The daylong “welcome home” to Vietnam veterans will include the annual Run to Home Base charity race benefiting clinical care and support services for vets and their families, and an on-field ceremony with hudreds of Vietnam veterans as well as Governor Charlie Baker, US Army Major General Paul LaCamera, former secretary of veterans affairs Eric Shinseki, former US Army chief of staff George William Casey Jr., retired Army Lieutenant General Joseph E. DeFrancisco, Wounded Warriors Project CEO Michael Linnington, and others.
Also, Liam O’Malley, the brother of actor-writer-Red Sox fan extraordinaire Mike O’Malley, has donated a guitar on behalf of his company Wheely Guitars, which makes guitars specially designed and built to be played in all types of wheelchairs. The sweet ax will be given to guitar-playing Marine Corps veteran Elias Rojas.
“We really want to be able to expand adaptive recreational activities to include making music and the joy of being able to learn an instrument,” O’Malley said.