Anyone who has been to a Nationals' game is probably aware of the tradition they have of recognizing members of the military during the third inning every game. While blasting "I'm proud to be an American," soldiers who received tickets in the section right behind homeplate are recognized and receive a standing ovation -- often times even from the players. So it shouldn't be too surprising that the Nationals have decided to take yet another step in the direction of honoring our military families by declaring July 5 "Joining Forces with the Washington Nationals - Honoring Our Military Families."
The Nats are joining efforts with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden on their Joining Forces initiative, which focuses on military families and the sacrifices that they make towards our country. As part of the effort, Michelle Obama will be at Nats Park on July 5 for the first of a three game series between the Nats and the Cubs.
In addition to visiting with the military members who are recognized at the game, Obama will participate in the pregame ceremonies. Part of that will include her being escorted to the mound by military children as one of them throws out the first pitch.
I'm glad to see that the Nats are taking up this project as I have always associated baseball with patriotism during this time of year. One of my favorite traditions, after all, is to go to the ball park during the Fourth of July weekend to take in a ball game and fireworks (this year, there's a double header at Nats Park on the 2nd, which will include fireworks after the second game).