ARLINGTON -- In honor of Memorial Day, a moment of silence took place before Monday's game against the Mariners at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Among the other pregame Memorial Day ceremonies included the 531st Air Force Band Brass Quintet playing the national anthem while the United States Marines Honor Guard presented the United States colors. Tech Sergeant Shonda Winkler from the 531st Air Force National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast was also on hand for the seventh-inning singing of "God Bless America."
"Memorial Day is very special for any person in this country," Rangers veteran Michael Young said. "We get to do something that seems relatively trivial in the grand scheme of things. To be able to do it and give some entertainment and enjoy it because of what other people have sacrificed for us is a very humbling thing."
Along with the other Major League teams, the Rangers wore blue hats with a digital camouflage feature. This season marks the fifth straight year that the Rangers will wear those hats on Memorial Day and Independence Day weekend in a fundraising and awareness effort for the Welcome Back Veterans initiative. The MLB program, which addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families, has raised $17 million over the past several years.
"It's a great day for all of baseball," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "I think it's an important day for the country and for us as baseball players to try to represent ourselves and our country and support the people that have sacrificed their lives and their livelihoods and their families to keep us free and to keep this country great."
The Rangers are 16-20 all-time on Memorial Day with a 11-5 win last season over the Rays on May 30 snapping a three-game losing streak. The Rangers are 9-11 at home on Memorial Day, going 3-3 at Rangers Ballpark.