Service members from the U.S. Coast Guard will be honored at Sunday’s San Diego Padres game. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

The San Diego Padres will conduct U.S. Coast Guard Appreciation Day Sunday at Petco Park and several service members will get the chance to be in the spotlight.

Approximately 100 representatives from the Coast Guard will be recognized during a baseline ceremony. A pregame flyover will be conducted by two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Coast Guard Sector San Diego.

Coast Guard members with individual roles include:

  • Command Master Chief Greg Via, who will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Chief Boatswain’s Mate Michael Gould, the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, who will ring the Mission Bell, and
  • U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Dalager, who will perform the national anthem before the game. He’ll also sing “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.

The Padres also set aside the game, against the Atlanta Braves, as Charlie Brown Day, Bruce Lee Tribute Day and Panama Heritage Day.

The Padres customary Martial Arts Day now will be known as Bruce Lee Tribute Day to celebrate his legacy. The team’s ticket package includes a limited-edition Lee-themed Padres T-shirt.

A portion of each ticket package sold will benefit the Bruce Lee Foundation, which conducts a program to give underprivileged youth the opportunity to pursue martial arts.

In addition, KidsFest will begin at 10:30 a.m. with activities including bounce houses, games, face painting and balloon artists.

Children 14 and under will be able to run the bases on the field after the game. Children and their families can begin lining up following the conclusion of the eighth inning at the top of the ramp leading to the Craft Pier on K Street.

– City News Service

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