The San Diego Padres will conduct U.S. Army and Army National Guard Appreciation Day at Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park, part of the team’s season long Military Sunday salutes.
Army Secretary Eric Fanning will swear in 22 Army recruits as part of the pregame ceremonies.
The pregame ceremonies will also include members of the Army and Army National Guard lining the base paths and taking the field with the Padres starters as part of “Military Take the Field.”
Sgt. Stephanie Jones, who is based at the Fort Irwin National Training Center, will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by 95-year-old Joe Reilly, who as an Army private first class parachuted into Normandy as part of the 101st Airborne Division during the D-Day invasion.
The Padres will wear their new Navy digital camouflage uniforms.
The team will also conduct a Kids Fest at the Park at the Park beginning at 11 a.m., which will include bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and other children-friendly activities.
Two Padres players will sign autographs from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Park. A Compadres Kids membership is required to participate. Membership is free and children can register online or in-person Sunday.
Following the game, children 14 years old and under can run the bases on the field. Children and their families can begin lining up at the top of the ramp leading to the Sun Diego Beach on K Street following the conclusion of the eighth inning. Compadres Kids members will receive front-of-the-line privileges by lining up at the Park Boulevard gate.
— City News Service