Thursday, June 14, 2007

Philadelphia Phillies & The Army

"As June 14 also marks the anniversary of the creation of the U.S. flag, the U.S. Army invites the nation to honor America's Soldiers and the American flag they proudly defend.

The American flag was created in 1777 by Betsy Ross, a seamstress from Philadelphia, two years following the formation of this country's Army. Although a coincidence that these two symbols of America share an anniversary, Flag Day serves as a reminder to honor the U.S. Army's dedication to ensure freedom's light shines as a beacon throughout the world." (source)

As part of the Army's 232nd birthday celebration a few recruiters called their latest recruits and told them they were going to a ball game. The 16 future soldiers had no idea their swearing in ceremony was to take place in front of a packed stadium and complete with all the fanfare that entails. This was the extent of the detail I found about the event in the MSM:

"On U.S. Army Night at Citizens Bank Park, 16 future soldiers were sworn in during a pregame ceremony in front of the Phillies dugout." (source)

But there is a news report video. Some of the new recruits don't even graduate until this week, but all look really happy and psyched to have the opportunity to serve. It's refreshing.

The Philadelphia Phillies website had a press release announcing the event, but not the surprise swearing in:

"In celebration of the U.S. Army's 232nd Birthday and Flag Day, the Phillies will honor past and present soldiers for their service with "U.S. Army Night" on Tuesday, June 12,and a "Salute to Vets" on Wednesday, June 13. Both events will be held before and during the games against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park.

Each event features a military collection for much needed supplies for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan." (source)

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