Angels honor veterans on Memorial Day

Angels honor veterans on Memorial Day

ANAHEIM -- The Angels joined all of Major League Baseball, and the entire nation, in honoring the veterans who have fought for this country on Memorial Day.

Prior to Monday's series opener against the Yankees, a giant American flag was unveiled in the outfield, followed by a flyover during the signing of the national anthem.

Honored on-field was the family of U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez, who lost his life in Iraq on Easter Sunday in 2004, during a counter-attack in Al Anbar Province. Jimenez -- who left behind his wife, daughter and two sons -- served in the Marine Corps Reserve for nine years, became a commissioned officer in '01 and was deployed to Iraq for a third time in '03, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif.

One of his sons, Oscar, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Angels outfielder Torii Hunter.

Then, both teams took the field with military-camouflage logos on their Stars & Stripes caps. Net proceeds from the sale of these special caps are donated to Welcome Back Veterans, a program that addresses the needs of returning American veterans and their families.