The Detroit Tigers granted an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor her bucket-list wish to sing the national anthem at a game this season. According to CBS Detroit, Hermina Hirsch will perform The Star Spangled Banner at the Tigers' game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 21.
Hirsch's wish went viral thanks to a Facebook campaign, and Hirsch's granddaughter Andrea said Hirsch was amazed by the way social media helped her achieve her dream.
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Via CBS Detroit:
"At first when I told her that her video went viral and there's so many people that caught wind of her story, she didn't really understand," Andrea Hirsch told CBS Detroit. "You know, she didn't really understand how or why, how something like this could happen through social media. She just couldn't believe how it progressed. ... I didn't even believe this could happen. We're so excited."
Hirsch was born in Czechoslovakia in 1927 and was 17 years old when the war started. She spent time in five different concentration camps during the Holocaust and lost both her parents and three brothers in the war.
Hirsch moved to Detroit with her husband, Bernard Hirsch, in 1953, and the couple have been fans of the Tigers ever since.
The game on May 21 presented a small problem for Hirsch given that the game starts at 4 p.m. on a Saturday, which is the Jewish sabbath. The Tigers offered other dates for Hirsch's performance, but she ultimately decided the May date worked out best for her.
So fans on the 21st are in for a special treat that will likely prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience both for Hirsch and for the fans in the stands.