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3/31/19 Military Salute: Military Opening Day presented by USAA

The San Diego Padres kicked off the 2019 Opening Series by celebrating their 24th Military Opening Day on Sunday, March 31st. Pregame events included a performance by the U.S. Navy Parachute Team known as the "Leap Frogs", a baseline ceremony with more than 100 servicemembers representing each branch of the armed forces and a flyover of four US Navy F18 Super-Hornet aircrafts from the VFA-154 Black Knights stationed at NAS Lemoore, CA. Retired US Navy Captain Jack Ensch, who served as the Padres first-ever director of military affairs, threw the Ceremonial First Pitch. Photos by the San Diego Padres