In a great combination of timing and coincidence for the Nationals and their fans, Monday is Military Appreciation Night at Nats Park.
The event, which was scheduled prior to Sunday’s historic announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, will now have deeper meaning to many fans.
The team will pay tribute to members of all five branches of the Armed Forces, as representatives from each division will take part in the following pregame festivities:
- Ceremonial First Pitch: U.S. Army
- Lineup Card Delivery: U.S. Marines
- Starting 9: Representatives from the Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, ANG and ARNG
- Game Ball Delivery: U.S. Air Force
- Play Ball: U.S. Coast Guard
- National Anthem: U.S. Navy
- Color Guard: U.S. Army
There will also be a pregame flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard, while videos of active duty service members in Iraq will air on the scoreboard throughout the game. The Nationals will debut their blue patriotic uniforms -- which feature the stars and stripes “Curly W.”
Thousands of complimentary tickets will be donated to military personnel and their families prior to the game. Military personnel can receive four complimentary tickets with a valid ID, available for pick up at the Grand Staircase Box Office beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Tickets may also be picked up prior to the game at the Main Box Office during non-game hours.
We’re not going to wax poetic about the role the military has played in the progression of recent world events. But if you’re at the game and cross paths with some of our brave men and women in uniform, consider thanking them. They deserve it.