Last Friday, Oro Valley and much of Northwest Tucson came out to pay tribute to one of its fallen angels.
During the Canyon Del Oro Little League opening ceremonies in James D. Kriegh Park, the Town of Oro Valley dedicated one of its baseball fields and unveiled a statue, both in honor of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old who lost her life during the Jan. 8 mass shootings.
After each team was introduced and the ceremonies began, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath revealed a sign renaming Field No.1 to Green Field. It read, “In Memory of Christina-Taylor Green Field,” in recognition of the youngster’s love of baseball.
Christina-Taylor’s family – John, Roxanna and Dallas Green – came up on stage and were presented with a check for $14,351. The check represented monies raised by the selling of a sleeve patch in honor of Christina.
Little League players around the country now wear the patch. Dallas was given the official patent for the patch along with a shadow box filled with sketches of the patch design.
Following the gifts, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Dodgers Dream Foundation announced they would make improvements together to Green Field, including a new scoreboard, extension of the outfield fence, new benches in the dugouts, new bleachers, improvements in the concession stand, and additional lights in the outfield.
A statue, Freedom’s Steadfast Angel of Love, was then unveiled. The statue is a replica of the ones at Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon and Flight 93 crash sites. It is made of metal from all crash sites, and boulders taken from the field in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed.
The ceremonies were concluded with young Dallas throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.