GASSAR participates in opening ceremonies of Atlanta Braves game

by | July 19, 2019 4:41 pm

Seventeen members of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution traveled from all over the state of Georgia to participate in the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at SunTrust Park on Thursday, July 4.

At the beginning of the pre-game ceremonies, Commander Steve Burke of the Wiregrass Chapter marched 13 militia members and four color guard members to take their places behind second base and home plate respectively. Burke then gave the command to fire their Pennsylvania 50-caliber flintlock muskets.

After the first volley was fired, each militia member came to present arms as the Star-Spangled Banner was played. During the national anthem, three F-16 fighter planes from the U.S. Air Force flew overhead.

After the anthem, Burke again gave the command to fire the muskets. After giving the command order arms, Burke marched his detail off the field of play. He says this was one of the most meaningful experiences he’s ever been part of.

There were more than 40,000 people in attendance, and the Braves came from behind to beat the Phillies.

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