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Army brass to suit up for Washington Nationals' Army Day

Jun. 17, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
The Washington Nationals will celebrate Army Day on Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals will celebrate Army Day on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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Itís Army day at the Washington Nationalsí ballpark on Wednesday, and you wonít believe the lineup.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno will throw out the first pitch. Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler will do lineup card delivery. Secretary John McHugh will deliver the game ball. And Lt. Gen. Mary Legere, the intel chief, will announce itís time to ďPlay ball.Ē

The Nats will take on the Houston Astros in the second of a two-game home series starting at 7:05 p.m.

Soldiers are invited to Nationals park on the 2014 seasonís day to honor the Army.

In this seasonís Military Branch Days, the Nationals will honor all five service branches with their own patriotic-themed game day. The team will also keep its tradition of the salute to service members during every game.

Fans with a military ID can get a $5 discount at the Nationals Park Box Office. Soldiers can also buy discounted tickets in advance at most Washington-area Morale, Welfare and Recreation Offices or at nationals.com/heroes.

For Wednesday, the Army will be honored before, during and after the game. More highlights, according to Nationals officials:

■The Army Blues band Swamp Romp will play before the game at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk before the game.

■The National Anthem will be sung by the United States Army Chorus.

■The Continental Color Guard will present the nationís colors along with the United States Army Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

■The starting eight will be soldiersí children.

■The Army Drill Team will perform in center field.

If you go, show up hungry. Hot dogs will be $1 each before the sixth inning.

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