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A Star-Spangled Sailabration

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This week, members of the Nationals ownership group were invited by the U.S. Navy to celebrate the launch of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. All of this took place during the Star-Spangled Sailabration, one of the signature events of the three-year commemoration known as Star-Spangled 200.

As part of the festivities, Nationals Principal Owner Robert K. Tanenbaum and his son Grant joined a distinguished group of guests for the day, flying by helicopter and landing aboard the USS San Antonio in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The group toured the vessel – an amphibious transport dock used to move and land Marines, their equipment and supplies – and gained firsthand access to military vehicles and the valiant specialists who operate them, among other opportunities.

The ship was part of a flotilla of more than 40 ships from around the world that navigated under the Key Bridge and into Baltimore Harbor on Wednesday afternoon. The USS San Antonio led the parade of naval vessels past Fort McHenry, where crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the fleet and salute the sailors and marines on board.

“We had a wonderful time aboard the USS San Antonio and are grateful to the crew who made our experience a truly memorable one,” Tanenbaum said. “Between touring the ship and interacting with the brave men and women of our armed forces, this was a one-of-a-kind naval adventure that we won’t soon forget.”

Star-Spangled 200 continues through 2014, with exciting events and exhibitions throughout Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

The Nationals would like to thank the U.S. Navy for inviting the organization to be a part of this remarkable event.

A National Honor

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Few professional sports teams are as involved with their communities as the Washington Nationals are with the U.S. Military. That commitment to our nation’s armed forces extends beyond the In-Game Military salute at each home game, also including the Me and a Friend Program, the Washington Nationals Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and team visits to military hospitals.

On Thursday night, the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) recognized the club for its efforts with a very special award at its 30th Annual Awards Dinner. The event – which featured a black tie dress code for civilians and full formal dress for all military members – was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, and featured high-ranking officials from both the military and the private sector. More than 500 guests in all packed the sold-out gala, which helped raise more than $630,000 for USO-Metro.

Mark D. Lerner accepts the Legacy of Hope Award from Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jay R. Vargas, U.S. Marine Corps.

The Nationals were well represented at this special event, which also marked the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor. Screech and the Racing Presidents were present, and each place setting featured a baseball with the date of the gala as well as both the USO logo and the familiar Curly W. The Lerner family was in attendance, not only to commemorate the occasion but also to accept the Bob Hope Legacy Award, named after the legendary entertainer for all he did for America’s military.

Nationals Principal Owner and Vice Chairman Mark D. Lerner accepted the award on behalf of both the Lerner family and the entire Nationals organization. He shared the following words of gratitude with those in attendance upon receiving the honor:

Thank you everyone. On behalf of the Washington Nationals organization and the entire Lerner family, I’d like to thank the USO of Metropolitan Washington for recognizing our team with this year’s Legacy of Hope Award. 

My parents Annette and Ted Lerner grew up in the D.C. area, and my sisters Marla Tanenbaum and Debra Cohen and I were raised here. It’s impossible to live here and not be aware of the sizeable contributions made by our military members and their families. Few of us can ever comprehend how much each service-member – as well as their wives, husbands, children and parents – sacrifice in order to serve our country.

As the stewards of the national pastime in the Nation’s Capital, we believe that making a difference in the lives of the men and women who fight for our country is one of the most fulfilling things we can do, and we are always looking for new ways to pay tribute and support them and their families. 

Bob Hope’s generosity and dedication was legendary. I’m pleased that the Nationals can – in whatever small way – continue his tradition and hopefully inspire future generations to support our service men and women.

I am humbled to be among so many Medal of Honor recipients and their families here tonight – and, on behalf of my family and the Washington Nationals, I want to thank you once again for your service.

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