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Royals honor military in pregame ceremony

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KANSAS CITY -- Before the Royals played Tampa Bay on Memorial Day, the team and its fans honored Armed Forces veterans and those presently serving with a pregame ceremony that featured salutes to fallen soldiers, and flowers presented to the families of lost loved ones.

The players from both teams wore specially-designed military-style baseball caps.

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KANSAS CITY -- Before the Royals played Tampa Bay on Memorial Day, the team and its fans honored Armed Forces veterans and those presently serving with a pregame ceremony that featured salutes to fallen soldiers, and flowers presented to the families of lost loved ones.

The players from both teams wore specially-designed military-style baseball caps.

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Tweet from @Royals: #MemorialDay flyover. ���� #ArmedForcesNight pic.twitter.com/1VDgA8T32T

General Richard Meyers threw out the first pitch to injured Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

After the National Anthem was sung, a military flyover drew loud cheers.

The names of fallen soldiers from Missouri and Kansas were listed on the stadium scoreboard, after a moment of silence.

Tweet from @Royals: The #Royals will wear these jerseys today in honor of #MemorialDay. ���� pic.twitter.com/kpwrZgRCpi

And the families of Cpl. Benjamin Ashley and SFC Gary Collins, both of whom died in action, were honored with a special ceremony at home plate, complete with a video tribute. Royals players Luke Hochevar, Eric Hosmer and Moustakas presented the families with flowers.

Tweet from @Royals: Today we honor our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation. #MemorialDay ���� pic.twitter.com/I0jF9MQb8y

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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