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Today, in celebration of Memorial Day, the Brewers and Orioles are wearing special camouflage caps and jerseys to honor those currently serving in the Armed Forces and Veterans of the Armed Forces.
Fans can purchase replicas these caps and jerseys and MLB and MLB Advanced Media will donate 100% of the net proceeds from sales to Welcome Back Veterans, an awareness and fundraising initiative to address the mental health needs of returning veterans with the goal of helping them transition back to civilian life.
In addition, fans can purchase the game-worn jerseys and caps from today’s game. For more information, follow @MILAuthentics on Twitter.
The ceremonial first pitch was a simultaneous pitch by representatives from all five branches of the military.
The American Flag was presented by the honor guards from the U.S. Army recruiting battalion-Milwaukee, Navy Operation Support Center-Milwaukee, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing-Wisconsin Air National Guard and the national anthem was performed by Wisconsin Army National Guard Sgt. Zach Henningsen, who is home from deployment.
We also held a special PNC Major League Moment. (Typically reserved for Sunday home games, at participating PNC Banks, kids 6-13 can enter to win an on-field appearance with a Brewers player during the national anthem, along with tickets, a cap, a baseball and photos, courtesy of PNC Bank.)
In addition, the Club donated a block of tickets to the USO and this group of active duty soldiers was upgraded to the owner’s seats as our small way of saying “Thank you for your service.”
In the 7th inning today, God Bless America will be performed by Air Force Veteran and Brewers employee Bob Kozlowski.
And, at 3:00 pm, we will join MLB in taking part in the National Moment of Remembrance, an initiative we’ve participated in since 1997. Across the league, games in progress will pause to observe a moment of silence followed by a commemorative video.
The National Moment of Remembrance was created to remind all Americans of the importance of remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, provide an opportunity to offer a collective, unified expression of gratitude; and to help younger Americans understand the significance of Memorial Day.
Whether you’re here at Miller Park, or spending time with family and friends, we encourage you to pause, reflect, and join us in honoring those who have served and continue to serve our great country.