Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium – May 27, 2013
In honor of Memorial Day, the Dodgers joined all 30 clubs in wearing specially designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps.
American hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Aldrin secured his place in history as one of the first men along with Neil Armstrong to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. A graduate of West Point and a MIT doctorate, Aldrin was also a fighter pilot in the Korean War with 66 combat missions. As a military veteran he is passionate helping veterans. Aldrin signed copies of his book “Mission to Mars” until the end of the third inning at the Top of the Park store.
The Dodgers joined MLB in conducting a moment of silence prior to the game on Memorial Day to honor members of the military who lost their lives serving our country. The Memorial Day effort is part of MLB’s ongoing recognition of veterans, active military and military families.
A special message from General Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff coming from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan led off pregame ceremonies. The Dodgers welcomed 50 members of the Wounded Warriors who paraded the warning track coming through center field. Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior project’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
As part of MLB’s Tribute for Heroes initiative in which veterans have been nominated to represent all 30 clubs at this year’s All-star Game at Citifield on July 16, pitcher Clayton Kershaw presented a flag that will be framed and presented to the Dodgers’ Tribute for Heroes representative in New York. Starting June 9, fans can vote for the Dodgers’ hero representative by visiting http://www.tributeforheroes.com.
Uniformed members of each branch of the military along with USO Captains unfurled a giant American flag in center field.
Pros vs. GI Joe, a charitable organization started by retired military members Greg and Addie Zinone that provides scholarships to wounded warriors coordinated with a live feed with the US military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan for an all-stadium “Salute to the Troops.” Pro vs. GI Joe connects troops serving all over the world with professional athletes and celebrities in online and in-person game competitions.
In recognition for the sacrifice they make, several active troops joined the Dodger starters as they took the field to begin the game.