SEATTLE -- The Mariners will pay tribute to the men and women serving in the U.S. military on Sunday with the 14th annual Boeing Salute to Armed Forces Day. The ceremonies, which will take place prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at 1:10 p.m. PT, will be streamed live on MLB.com.
Fifteen thousand fans in attendance will receive a special commemorative coin, courtesy of Boeing, as service persons from six branches of the military will be honored and will throw out simultaneous ceremonial first pitches. They are: Sgt. Sean Rowell of the U.S. Army; Navy Counselor-Petty Officer First Class Sara Dozier of the U.S. Navy; Airman 1st Class Tyler March of the U.S. Air Force; Sgt. Sean Wicks of the U.S. Marine Corps; Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Senior Airman Sandra Wiley of the Washington National Guard.
Taps will be performed before the game by Specialist Raymond Deleon of the U.S. Army, and the National Anthem will be performed by Navy Band Northwest. The colors will be presented by the United States Joint Service Honor Guard. "God Bless America" will be performed after the top of the 7th inning by Staff Sgt. Ben Taylor, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at McChord Field. High-ranking officers from each of the five branches of the military and the Washington National Guard will be presented with commemorative plaques.
Representatives of the U.S. military branches as well as Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Washington State Guard and Reserve, and U.S.O. will be introduced during the pregame ceremony and will deliver the lineup card and the game ball.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.