The Phillies are committed to honoring all the men and women who have served or continue to serve our country.
Salute to Veterans Celebration presented by Toyota
To celebrate Independence Day, the Phillies hosted a Salute to Veterans Celebration presented by Toyota at the 4:05 p.m. Phillies game on Wednesday, July 4. Fans were invited to be in their seats by 3:30 p.m. for a special Phillies salute to the nation's military, which included:
- National Anthem and "God Bless America" performed by the 78th Army Band.
- An All Service Color Guard presented the colors.
- Sgt Brian J. Clemente, representing the U.S. Marine Corps, led fans in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Among those recognized were representatives from every conflict since World War II, escorted by an ROTC Honor Guard, made up of USN ROTC Cadets from Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ.
- All Phillies day-of-game employees who served in the U.S. military had the distinct honor of carrying the 50 state flags onto the field.
- The ceremonial first pitch was made by TSgt Earl Scott, representing the U.S. Air Force.
- SMSgt Stephen Fitzgerald, representing the U.S. Air Force, and SPC Mark Pretz, representing the U.S. Army were honored with the Toyota Base Change in the 3rd inning.
- Plus, the first 1,000 fans to purchase tickets through this theme night ticket promotion received an exclusive Phillies Salute to Veterans "Home of the Brave" T-shirt.
Rucksacks to Back Packs School Supply Collection
The Phillies Ballgirls and representatives from Liberty USO collected school supplies for children of local service members at all gates on July 4 from 2:30 until the top of the 4th inning. The supplies will be delivered to military families who have a mother, father or guardian serving overseas. This initiative allows them to have one less thing to worry about when preparing for the upcoming school year. Phillies fans and the Phillies Wives combined to donate over 800 school supplies.
The following items will be collected:
- Pencil Cases
- Glue Sticks
Budweiser Folds of Honor Night
Budweiser Folds of Honor Night took place on Tuesday, July 3 at the 7:05 p.m. Phillies game. Folds of Honor is a charitable organization with a mission to empower military families by providing educational scholarships and assistance for the children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving. As part of the festivities, Kallie Santos, Folds of Honor scholarship recipient and nursing student, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and changed a base in the third inning.
Fans were invited to visit the Budweiser Folds of Honor kiosk at the First Base Gate Plaza to write thank you notes to military members. The notes will be sent to military service men and women that are currently deployed.