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Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing commander, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Aug. 18, 2018. In addition to throwing out the pitch, 31 individuals took the oath of enlistment to delayed enlistment personnel during the game.

Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, administers the oath of enlistment to 31 members of the delayed enlistment program during the Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Aug 18, 2018. Members of the military also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, sung the national anthem, and presented the colors during the pregame ceremonies.

Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field in Downtown Dayton, Aug. 18, 2018. In addition to throwing out the pitch, 31 individuals took the oath of enlistment to delayed enlistment personnel during the game.

Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard parade the colors during the playing of the national anthem at the start of a Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragon sat Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Aug. 18, 2018. Members of the military also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and sung the national anthem during the pregame ceremonies.

Dayton Dragons host military appreciation night

Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard march a large flag onto the field during the Hometown Heroes with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Aug. 18, 2018. Members of the military also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, sung the national anthem, and presented the colors during the pregame ceremonies.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Dayton Dragons semi-professional baseball team hosted an annual military appreciation night Aug. 18 at Fifth Third Field culminating with a spectacular fireworks display.

The Dragons played an exciting game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and won the game 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 7,000 fans.

As fans walked into the Fifth Third Field plaza area, there were military displays from the 88th Security Forces Squadron, 445th Aero Medical Squadron, 338th Recruiting Squadron and Air Force Marathon office.

The pre-game field activities began with Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory commander and Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing commander both throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

The Wright-Patt Honor Guard presented the colors, and Airman 1st Class Barry Fortgang from the Air Force Band of Flight sang the National Anthem. Airmen assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Springfield Air National Guard carried and displayed a large American flag in center field.

At the conclusion of the national anthem a C-130 aircraft from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve flew over the field as doves were release to create a heartfelt and proud patriotic moment.

At the bottom of the 1st inning Lieutenant. General McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander administered the enlisted oath to 31 future Air Force Airmen.

 “Less than two percent of the people in this country have served in the military, and these recruits leave as early as next month to serve their country,” said McMurry.

The Hometown Heroes military appreciation night honored current and former members of this nation's armed forces with tributes throughout the evening, to include a military salute to each branch of the service by singing each services song and asking veterans and their families to stand to be recognized.

Fortgang sang God Bless America in the in the middle of the seventh inning. 

The Dragons wore special military themed uniforms during the game.  The win moves the Dragons into a tie for first place in the East Division of the Midwest League and extends their winning streak to 11 in a row which is their longest winning streak since 2011.

The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display.