Holten honored posthumously at baseball game
On Saturday, July 4, Carol Holten and her daughters Leisha, Shelly and Terri went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They were invited by the Cedar Rapid Kernels Baseball team (which is a Minnesota Twins Minor League Team) to attend the game and participate in the second annual Military Heroes Recognition Night. Ray Holten was nominated and was one of 35 selected military heroes to be honored at a ceremony immediately following the baseball game. Those honored are currently serving, have served but are no longer active and eight (including Ray) were honored posthumously.
With the stands full of people gathered for the game, all of the military families were escorted on to the field for a special ceremony. Each military hero was honored over the PA system and a brief bio was read. All of the families received a deck of cards showcasing each military member with their picture and a short recap of their life.
After the ceremony as they were escorted off the field, each family was given a handmade patriotic quilt. Carol said the patriotism felt throughout the stadium was very evident as the crowd in the stands never stopped clapping during the ceremony. It was an emotional and wonderful experience and one Ray’s family will never forget.
Ray Holten served in the US Military from 1954-1958 and also served in the Korean War.