The Lovettsville Game Club has renamed its baseball field after T-Ball player Declan Pierce Todd, 4, who died on April 16.
Upper Loudoun Little League held a groundbreaking ceremony for Declan’s Field on Saturday, where Declan Todd often played with his T-Ball Marlins team. At the ceremony, Mayor Nate Fontaine, Deputy Mayor Christopher Hornbaker and City Council members Renee Edmonston and David Earl presented Declan’s family with a framed version of the proclamation they adopted in honor of Declan at a special city council meeting on May 6.
This proclamation stated that May 8, 2021, Declan Todd Day in Lovettsville, would be celebrated by “loving, laughing and living fully with family, friends and neighbors… and of course… playing a good game of baseball”.
“We wanted to make sure to share some of our thoughts and hope it gives you comfort, love and support during this time,” Fontaine told Declan’s parents, Michael and Crystal, at Thursday’s reunion. . “A child is loved unconditionally and lives every moment. … Each family moment is a precious memory in the heart that can never be taken away.
To further honor Declan, the Upper Loudoun Little League distributed commemorative patches and stickers with Declan’s number, 2, which players can wear on their right sleeve and on the back of their batting helmet. And before every game this weekend, every team in the league lined up on their backlines and held minutes of silence in memory of Declan.