Nationals honor fallen heroes prior to Cincinnati Reds game
In recognition of the recent deadly attacks on service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Nationals paid tribute to the thousands of men and women who risk their lives every day for our nation prior to today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.
During batting practice, the Nationals honored fallen heroes by wearing military hats emblazoned with the insignias of all branches of the military during batting practice, including the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, military reserves and the Navy, including the elite SEAL division. For the game, the players and coaches donned their patriotic uniforms featuring the stars and stripes Curly “W.”
“The military is a very important part of the Nationals community,” said Israel Negron, Nationals Senior Director of Community Relations. “We wanted to recognize all of their efforts and show our sincere appreciation for their sacrifices.”
Earlier in the day, the Nationals partnered with Miller High Life and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to invite local military veterans out to Nationals Park as part of the “Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life” program. Nationals pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Ross Detwiler were joined by Miller High Life deliveryman Windell Middlebrooks at the pregame event, which was attended by hundreds of local veterans and their families.
Pregame ceremonies also featured select IAVA veterans who took part in the Ceremonial First Pitch, Line-Up Card delivery, Starting Nine and “Play Ball” Announcement. In addition, there was a special pregame performance of “America the Beautiful” followed by “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.