America's Navy Participates in Patriotic Opener at Syracuse Chiefs Game

Story Number: NNS160614-13Release Date: 6/14/2016 2:01:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Wainwright, Syracuse Navy Week Public Affairs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NNS) -- Sailors helped get festivities underway at the Syracuse Chiefs home game against the Louisville Bats as part of Navy Week Syracuse June 9.

A patriotic spectacle was put on before the first official pitch was thrown, with Sailors taking the field and lining the base paths for the opening ceremonies. The Navy celebration included Sailors throwing out the first pitch, USS Constitution Sailors providing the color guard and a Navy musician singing the National Anthem.

"It's awesome to have the Navy out for this event," said Jason Smorol, Syracuse Chiefs general manager. "When you see all of these Sailors out here in the uniform, knowing the sacrifices they make for our country, it really gets me."

Before the game kicked off, Sailors lined the entrance to NBT Bank Stadium so fans could meet and great with a Sailor on the way in. Fans were also encouraged to take a selfie with a Sailor and post it to social media with the hashtag #SelfieWithASailor.

"It's really special being out here and having the community behind you," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Sean Nelson. "When they announced us the crowd just erupted. It was really one of the special moments of my life."

Sailors stuck around to watch the ball game, interact with the crowd and take a moment to acknowledge the support of the people of Syracuse.

Navy Weeks are events held throughout the United States to help raise public awareness of the Navy in areas that are not typically exposed to a large naval presence.

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Sailors Participate in Patriotic Opener at Chiefs Game
160609-N-ZK021-186 SYRACUSE, N.Y. (June 9, 2016) Musician 2nd Class Laura Carey, assigned to Navy Band Northeast, sings the national anthem as Sailors assigned to various commands render honors during a pregame patriotic opener at a Syracuse Chiefs game at NBT Bank Stadium during Navy Week. Navy weeks are events held throughout the inland United States to help raise public awareness of the U.S. Navy in areas that are not typically exposed to a large naval presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)
June 14, 2016
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