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Greg's field

Hundreds gathered Monday evening at the Frazee baseball fields to honor a guardsman killed in combat.

A new scoreboard was placed at the field, and the field was renamed in honor of Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28. He was an avid baseball player throughout his life. The Riewer family donated the scoreboard with memorial funds from an account set up in Greg Riewer's name.

"This is exactly where Greg would want to be honored," his brother Jon Riewer told the crowd.

Riewer was killed March 23 in Iraq when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle. He was serving with the Minnesota National Guard.

As a CD of Amber Estenson Schwartzrock played the National Anthem, Tim Estenson and Chris Gord parachuted onto the field with American flags attached, flowing in the wind.

After landing, the men presented Riewer's parents, Dick and Jan, with a flag. Brought to the front of the ceremony, it was raised on a flagpole near the baseball field as Larry Quade played "Taps."

"In honor of (Greg) and all the other soldiers, I ask you for a moment of silence," Frazee Mayor Hank Ludtke said at the opening of the dedication.

Lions member and former baseball coach Eldon Bergman presented the family with a one-of-a-kind wooden bat. Carved by Garret Bunkowske and engraved by Don Trieglaff, the bat is a one and only autographed Greg Riewer bat.

Jon Riewer thanked everyone for coming to the ceremony.

"If Greg were here, looking down, he'd be thankful for friends and family, and humbled," he said.

Former Legion baseball director Joe Baker expressed the thoughts of many.

"I didn't anticipate meeting under these circumstances," He said.

Bergman, who coached when Greg Riewer served as his batboy, said he fudged the truth about Greg's age to get him on the field because he knew they couldn't play without him.

"This is dedicated to a fine young man," he said as he thanked those who donated items to the ceremony, and the Riewer family. "Most of all, thank you for Greg."