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Franks to take part in Little League dedication
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Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks will take part in the dedication ceremonies at Little League’s new Southeastern Region Headquarters in Warner Robins on Saturday.

“There is no way to adequately thank soldiers like Tommy Franks,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “He rose through the ranks of the Army, establishing himself as a friend of the common soldier, to the highest rank attainable. We are honored that Gen. Franks will be with us on this special day for Little League.”

Gen. Franks established his relationship with Little League at the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport when he delivered the ceremonial first pitch for the U.S. Championship Game.

“I was thinking this morning, there is an old saying, ‘You don’t find nations warring if they have a McDonald’s,’ ” Gen. Franks said during a news conference at the Little League Baseball World Series. “I’m not quite sure of that, but I’m pretty sure that you don’t have nations starting wars if they have Little League. This is truly an extraordinary thing, and I hope everyone cherishes the importance of this to mankind.”

Gen. Franks retired in 2003 after more than 30 years of service, rising from the rank of private to four-star General. He served in combat in Vietnam, earning the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four times), and the Bronze Star (five times). He also received the Purple Heart three times for combat wounds. In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The $5.5 million, 26.08-acre Little League complex has been taking shape over the past year. Since the beginning of the year, the Administration Building has been completed and the baseball stadium has become a visible part of the local landscape.

The second phase included the completion of the stadium, to be named Little League Southeast Park, as well as a maintenance facility, restrooms, concession stands, gift shops and batting cages. The stadium will seat 2,500 fans with a hillside area around the field bringing total capacity to approximately 5,000. A portion of the stadium seats is covered by a canopy.

Little League alumnus and Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has been supportive of the regional headquarters coming to Warner Robins, also is expected to attend the dedication. All facilities will be completed, despite some weather delays along the way, in time for the event.

The dedication ceremony will take place at Little League Southeast Park beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks will take part in the dedication ceremonies at Little League’s new Southeastern Region Headquarters in Warner Robins on Saturday.

“There is no way to adequately thank soldiers like Tommy Franks,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “He rose through the ranks of the Army, establishing himself as a friend of the common soldier, to the highest rank attainable. We are honored that Gen. Franks will be with us on this special day for Little League.”

Gen. Franks established his relationship with Little League at the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport when he delivered the ceremonial first pitch for the U.S. Championship Game.

“I was thinking this morning, there is an old saying, ‘You don’t find nations warring if they have a McDonald’s,’ ” Gen. Franks said during a news conference at the Little League Baseball World Series. “I’m not quite sure of that, but I’m pretty sure that you don’t have nations starting wars if they have Little League. This is truly an extraordinary thing, and I hope everyone cherishes the importance of this to mankind.”

Gen. Franks retired in 2003 after more than 30 years of service, rising from the rank of private to four-star General. He served in combat in Vietnam, earning the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four times), and the Bronze Star (five times). He also received the Purple Heart three times for combat wounds. In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The $5.5 million, 26.08-acre Little League complex has been taking shape over the past year. Since the beginning of the year, the Administration Building has been completed and the baseball stadium has become a visible part of the local landscape.

The second phase included the completion of the stadium, to be named Little League Southeast Park, as well as a maintenance facility, restrooms, concession stands, gift shops and batting cages. The stadium will seat 2,500 fans with a hillside area around the field bringing total capacity to approximately 5,000. A portion of the stadium seats is covered by a canopy.

Little League alumnus and Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has been supportive of the regional headquarters coming to Warner Robins, also is expected to attend the dedication. All facilities will be completed, despite some weather delays along the way, in time for the event.

The dedication ceremony will take place at Little League Southeast Park beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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