SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Padres will play their "Military Opening Day" at Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park, recognizing active duty armed service members and veterans.
Pregame ceremonies will begin with a group of 125 veterans from The Mission Continues Bravo taking their fellowship oath on the field, the first time the fellowship oath has been taking publicly. The Mission Continues is a nonprofit organization that assists wounded and disabled veterans to begin new lives of public service.
Nine service members selected by their commands for exemplary performance will be individually recognized on the field before participating in "Millitary Take the Field."
The national anthem will be performed by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, followed by a flyover by two F-18 jets from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School in Fallon, Nev. A team from the 1st Marine Logistics Group will line the infield in a 50-state flag display.
Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commanding general of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mike Dallager will perform "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.
The Padres will also relaunch their redesigned dedicated military website, www.padres.com/military, which seeks to connect Padres fans to the San Diego military community and nonprofit organizations that support it.
Like for all Sunday games at Petco Park, the Padres will wear their Marine digital camouflage uniforms Sunday. The Padres recorded one of their four victories over their first 16 games the only other time they wore their camouflage uniforms, April 8 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"We at the Padres believe it's our honor and responsibility to recognize and support our service members, veterans and their families," team president and interim chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel said.
"These men and women make so many sacrifices on a daily basis.
Recognizing and honoring them at every home game and on every Sunday is the least we can do for our nation's treasures."
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