Dodgers to Host Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday

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by LA1 News

   The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay honor to U.S. Army Sergeant José G. Ramos of Whittier on Tuesday night with a special ceremony, and Army Specialist Maurice Alpharicio will perform the national anthem. The recognitions are part of "Military Appreciation Night" as the Dodgers take on the Reds, no pun intended. Active and retired military members, veterans, their families and basically everyone is encouraged to take advantage of special ticket packages starting at $15. The package includes a ticket to the game and a Military Appreciation Night t-shirt. Ramos will throw Tuesday’s ceremonial first pitch.

   As part of Military Appreciation Night, the Dodgers will recognize deployed military personnel by showing a video on DodgerVision from U.S. Army soldiers with Bravo Company 640th Aviation Safety Battalion of Los Alamitos, who are currently stationed in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The Dodgers will also host a joint enlistment ceremony for incoming U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy servicemen and women.

   Tuesday’s Military Hero of the Game, sergeant José G. Ramos, served as a combat medic from 1965 to 1968, including in Vietnam in 1967. In 2000, Ramos launched the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day (WHVVD) campaign, which included leading a team of people riding bicycles from Whittier to Washington, DC, asking citizens and lawmakers along the way to honor all Vietnam veterans with a day of recognition. In February 2002, Whittier became the first city in the nation to proclaim March 30 as WHVVD. In June and November 2006, the U.S. Congress and Senate unanimously passed the first national resolution proclaiming March 30 as WHVVD, and in September 2009, California became the first state to set March 30 as WHVVD.

   National anthem performer Maurice Alpharicio joined the Army specializing in CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) defense, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus.

   The Dodgers pay tribute to military members during every home game. Military Appreciation Night tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/armedforces.

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