Kansas City Royals honor veterans with 'Armed Forces Night'

The Kansas City Royals honor veterans with Armed Forces Night at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday.

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 9:02 AM

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.)— Throughout the night Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City paid tribute to all veterans. 

"What is more American than baseball," said Jamie Melchert, Missouri Veterans Commission's Strategic Communications Director.

On a day of remembrance for those lost in the terroist attacks on September 11, 2011, the Royals brought in veterans from all military branches for Armed Forces Night on Patriot Day. 

"Oh, it makes us feel real good that they honored us like that," US Navy veteran Joe Battreall

Veterans from around the area attended the special night at Kauffman Stadium, including residents from the Cameron Veterans Home. 

"This is something we wanted to do, a special outing for us—the military appreciation events they're having at the game tonight," Melchert said.

From honorary first pitches to military members and Royals players exchanging KC caps, the Royals made sure veterans felt special on this day of rememberance. 

"It's so much different than it used to be, the veterans were basically ignored back in the 1970s- to have all of their support now, means everything to us to know that they appreciate what we have done for them and we appreciate you appreciating us," US Army veteran said. 

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