SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today announced the complete line-up of events surrounding Military Opening Day presented by Northrop Grumman, this Sunday, April 14, which officially kicks off a full season of Sunday military salutes.
Pregame ceremonies for Military Opening Day presented by Northrop Grumman will include nearly 200 active duty men and women lining the base paths and the 50 State Flag Team from Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The ceremony will recognize the San Diego Military Advisory Council and the REBOOT veteran transition program for their efforts in support of service members and their families.
Sunday's National Anthem will be performed by Navy Band Southwest and MajGen Ronald Bailey, Commanding Officer of the First Marine Division, will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch and present a U.S. flag recently flown in Afghanistan to the Padres. Military Take the Field, which has become a Sunday tradition, will feature representatives from the Army, California National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.
In addition Sunday, Laura Brayton, a military spouse representing the Armed Services Armed Services YMCA San Diego will be accompanied by her husband, USMC Capt. Andrew Brayton as she sings "God Bless America" during the 7th inning break.
In support of Military Opening Day, presenting sponsor Northrop Grumman has donated 1,500 tickets for Sunday's game to local military non-profits, and FOX Sports San Diego has teamed up with the Armed Services YMCA to have its Fan Express bring military families to the game.
More information about the full line-up of Military Salutes this season, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and a Salute to the Military Child, can be found on the club's dedicated military website, www.padres.com/military, which serves as a tool to connect Padres fans to our San Diego military community and non-profit organizations that support it.
Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the Petco Park box office, online at www.padres.com, by phone at 619.795.5555, at the Padres Store in Tijuana, and new this year, at all Ticketmaster locations.