SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners showed their appreciation for servicemembers by hosting military appreciation night at Safeco Field, July 31.
The event was part of Seattle Seafair Fleet week 2012, scheduled July 31 through August 6.
The night kicked off with 75 future Sailors taking the field to be honored for their commitment to join the United States Navy.
"It's great to see those kids out there getting ready to take the next step and join the Navy," said Laura Holgreen, who attended the game. "I'm glad we can let them know how important they are to us."
Navy Band Northwest was then brought onto the field to perform the national anthem.
"It's always been a rewarding experience for military musicians to show our presence in the public eye," said Musician 2nd Class (SW) Drew Williams, Navy Band Northwest. "The Seattle Mariners have always been a great outlet for that. We are thrilled to be able to play for them."
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West also attended the game, and was cheered on by the crowd as he threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.
More than 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are participating in Seattle Seafair Fleet Week 2012. The weeklong celebration of sea services honors men and women of the military through public events, including shipboard tours, parade of ships and air shows performed by the Navy's flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels.