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Police and Fire Appreciation Day at GABP

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Today is the second Police and Fire Appreciation Day of the 2013 season, as the Reds join Major League Baseball and the Nation in observing Patriot Day in America, in remembrance of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.  Some of the events planned for the ballpark include:

    * A steel beam from the World Trade Center will be on display in the Fan Zone courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.
    * Great American Ball Parks American flag will be flown at half-staff in accordance with the nationwide observance of Patriot Day.
    * Over 20 soldiers from the 10th Battalion of the Army Reserve Careerist Division will join us on the field prior to the game to reenlistment in the United States Army.  Presiding over the reenlistment will be Brigadier General Phillip M. Churn, Commander of the 333rd Military Police Brigade. 
    * Honor Guards from the Henry County (IN) Sheriffs Office & Indianapolis Fire Department will present our nations colors prior to the singing of the National Anthem by Military Police Officer Jeff Whitacre.
    * Todays official game ball will be delivered to the mound by 18-year veteran of the Kenton County (KY) Police Department and 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Senior Master Sergeant Alan Johnson.
    * Todays Honorary Captain will be 28-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriffs Department, Major Charmaine McGuffey.

Finally, please note that Cincinnati Firefighter John Winfrey will lead the crowd in singing God Bless America today in the middle of the 7th inning as part of the observance of Patriot Day.

 - Information provided by Cincinnati Reds


CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: A fan flies an American flag during the seventh inning stretch as 9/11 is observed during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 5-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)



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