Washington Nationals Army Day
Lt. Col. Isaac Gipson enjoys a moment with the Washington Nationals mascot Screech before the re-enlistment ceremony for Soldiers at Army Day at Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2013.(CREDIT: U.S. Army)

Wednesday isn’t just another baseball game at Nationals Park, it’s “Army Day.”

The NL East-leading Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros with a lot of Army Brass scheduled to be on hand to take part in the festivities, according to the Army Times:

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 it’s time to “Play ball.”

The Army Times reported that the following will take place in honor of Army Day:

  • 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 nation’s colors along with the United States Army Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
  • The starting eight will be soldiers’ children.
  • The Army Drill Team will perform in center field.

Army Day is a part of the “Branch Nights” series from the Nationals, during which the club will dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military.

Navy Day already took place on May 30, however, Coast Guard Day is scheduled for Aug. 6, Marines Day for Aug. 20 and Air Force Day for Sept. 25.

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