PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 12: Members of the United States military bring out the American Flag before the game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on April 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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:
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.