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Angels to honor military with Armed Forces Day


ANAHEIM -- The Angels, in partnership with State Farm, will pay tribute to the U.S. military by hosting Armed Forces Day during Saturday's 1:05 p.m. PT game against the White Sox at Angel Stadium, which will see both teams sporting new camouflage caps.

The pregame ceremony, slated for 12:30 p.m., will include a World War II aircraft flyover, a joint forces color guard, an on-field military presentation and a first pitch and national anthem performed by veterans. During the ceremony, renowned astronaut Buzz Aldrin will raise an American flag that was previously flown at a North Kabul NATO base in Afghanistan.

A half-hour after the game, a three-inning Purple Heart Baseball game will ensue, pinning wounded warrior teams from Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio) and Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, Calif.) against each other.

Angels Baseball has partnered with season-seat holders and State Farm to donate tickets to local military branches. On game day, veterans and active-duty military can purchase tickets at the stadium box office for 50 percent off selected seating with a military ID or VA card.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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