News: Army, civilians work together during Bees July 4th game.
Story by Staff Sgt. Kai Jensen
SALT LAKE CITY - Army Reserve Soldiers from the 76th Operational Response Command act as color guard during the Bees Fourth of July home game.
The crowd grows quiet as the Soldiers in their dress uniforms step onto the field. If you listen closely you can hear them quietly giving commands as they march in perfect unison.
Two of the Soldiers carry rifles, the other two flags and as they reach the mound they stop and turn to face the crowd.
“Present Arms,” one of the Soldiers says softly.
With the Soldiers now centered on the field, the guest performer sings the national anthem and finishes to the crowds cheer echoing in the stadium.
The game can now begin.
Army Reserve Soldiers from the 76th Operational Response Command worked together with the Salt Lake Bees to provide a color guard during the Bees Fourth of July home game against the El Paso Chihuahuas.
This is just another example of ways that civilian organizations and the military can come together and cooperate while providing uplifting events to the public.
“It warms the hearts of the people in the crowd,” said Staff Sgt. Neal Wixom, one of the color guard from the 76th ORC. “It makes them proud of who we are as armed forces.”
Events like this allow for civilian organizations to show their support to the military and to connect with their fans.
For the military it allows for an opportunity to connect with the public; their supporters, friends and family.
“When military and civilian organizations work together, like at the Bees game the other night, it brings out the best in all parties,” said Kraig Williams, communications manager of the Salt Lake Bees. “On patriotic holidays like Independence Day, we believe it is very important to honor local Soldiers to make that connection with the team and fans.”
The 76th ORC continues to look for opportunities to work with civilian organizations and the public.