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Military Appreciation Night at Gold Sox game

Blue Star Moms, servicemen and Gold Sox Baseball players pay their respects during the national anthem at a military appreciation game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. BSM is a non-profit organization for mothers and fathers of children serving or have served in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Blue Star Moms, servicemen and Gold Sox Baseball players pay their respects during the national anthem at a military appreciation game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. BSM is a non-profit organization for mothers and fathers of children serving or have served in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Members of Team Beale hold the American Flag during the opening ceremonies of Military Appreciation Night at a Marysville Gold Sox game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. More than 75 Airmen unfurled Old Glory during the national anthem at the start of the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Members of Team Beale hold the American Flag during the opening ceremonies of Military Appreciation Night at a Marysville Gold Sox game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. More than 75 Airmen unfurled Old Glory during the national anthem at the start of the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Members of a U.S. Marine Corps color guard perform during the opening ceremonies of Military Appreciation Night at a Marysville Gold Sox game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. The color guard was from a reserve unit in Sacramento. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Members of a U.S. Marine Corps color guard perform during the opening ceremonies of Military Appreciation Night at a Marysville Gold Sox game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. The color guard was from a reserve unit in Sacramento. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Marysville Gold Sox baseball players wear camouflage-styled jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. All members of the military received free admission to the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

Marysville Gold Sox baseball players wear camouflage-styled jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville, Calif., July 29, 2012. All members of the military received free admission to the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., -- More than 75 Airmen participated in the opening ceremonies of a Marysville Gold Sox baseball game at Appeal-Democrat Park, Marysville Calif., July 29.

The Military Appreciation Night honored servicemembers and veterans with Beale Airmen unfurling a large American flag in center field during the national anthem.

"This is another example of the great relationship Beale Airmen have with the local community," said Col. Phil Stewart, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, who attended the game with his daughter. "It's a great event and it means a lot, especially for the families."

All branches of the military were represented during the opening ceremonies to include a U.S. Marine Corps color guard from Sacramento.

"Anytime there's an opportunity to honor the military and veterans we try to be there, to show them they are not forgotten," said Marine Corps First Sgt. Carlos Ruiz, color guard leader. "We are honored to represent the Marine Corps at this event."

The Gold Sox players also paid tribute to the military by sporting camouflage-styled jerseys in their 7-0 victory over the Nor Cal Long Horns in the military-themed game.

"We appreciate everything that our armed services do for us," said Jack Johnson, Gold Sox manager. "It's an honor to have them on the field and in the ball park."

Many of the Airmen left the game with a greater sense of duty and pride.

"I was very proud to be a part of something like this, it was awesome," said Staff Sgt. William Proffitt, 9th Communication Squadron network manager and event participant. "It was great to see all the members of Team Beale come together."