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San Diego Padres To Salute Military On Sunday

The crowd prepares for the national anthem at Petco Park before a Padres game.

Credit: SD Dirk

Above: The crowd prepares for the national anthem at Petco Park before a Padres game.

Photo credit: Code20Photog via Compfight

Ceremonial First Pitch is thrown at Petco Park by a military veteran.

The San Diego Padres will be saluting the military as they face off against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Before the game, more than 200 active service members representing each branch of the military will be honored, as well as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot's 50 State Flag Team.

In addition to active service members being recognized, actor Gary Sinise will be honored. Sinise and his foundation are building homes for three wounded veterans: Nick Kimmel, Jason Ross and Jerral Hancock. They will join Sinise and be honored before the ceremonial first pitch.

Throwing out that pitch will be Marine combat engineer Rob Jones, a double amputee who served in Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010. On his deployment to Afghanistan, he was wounded by an IED, resulting in the amputation of his legs.

Navy Band Southwest will perform the national anthem, and in the seventh inning Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brent Williams will sing "God Bless America."

In addition, more than 500 family members of active-duty troops in Afghanistan will be in attendance to show their support.

Sunday marks the end to a three-game home series against the Tigers. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

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