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Posted 5/16/12 at 9:11 PM

Nationals celebrate Military Appreciation Night

The Nationals honored United States armed forces personnel during Wednesday’s Military Appreciation Night, which included an appearance by the Blue Angels and a flyover by the U.S. Air Force 1st Helicopter Squadron.

The 11th Bombardment Group, comprised of World War II veterans, was honored in a pregame ceremony. The group’s nine members fought in the Battle of Midway, performing long-range search missions and bombing attacks in the Pacific theater.

Max Impact, the well-known rock band of the U.S. Air Force, performed a pregame concert for fans on the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk. The band’s lead singer, Master Sergeant Ryan Carson, kicked off the game with his rendition of the national anthem.

Active and retired military personnel received two complimentary tickets to the game, which was the first of five in the Nationals’ Patriotic Series commemorating the service of the United States armed forces.

--Hayley Milon.

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