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MLB Honors USA At All-Star Game

Major League Baseball will recognize 30 Medal of Honor recipients in our nations capital on the field during the 2018 All-Star Game festivities tonight.

Image result for Staff Sgt. Clinton L. RomeshaOne of the oldest honorees is Cpl. Hershel Woodrow Williams, 94, who received the Medal of Honor for his brave efforts in Iwo Jima in February 1945. Williams was “instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment,” according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s website.

Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, 36, is one of the youngest honorees. Romesha earned his Medal of Honor after fighting members of the Taliban in October 2009 in Afghanistan. Despite suffering shrapnel wounds, Romesha courageously fought to secure a combat post, according to the website.

A video commemorating the honorees will feature narration by four-time Academy Award nominee and Georgetown University graduate Bradley Cooper, who starred in American Sniper.  A group of local choirs, led by CEO of NEWorks Productions Nolan Williams Jr., will perform the national anthem.

“These extraordinary veterans are national treasures and we are honored by their attendance. I hope this stage provides an opportunity to recognize their unmistakable commitment to our country and start the 89th MLB All-Star Game in an inspiring and patriotic way,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Image result for Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious decoration awarded by the United States military. It celebrates “valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.”

The 30 recipients in Tuesday’s ceremony served in the armed forces during conflicts ranging from World War II to Iraq.

“Medal of Honor recipients are honored to be included in the All-Star celebration of America’s favorite pastime sport, Baseball,” said Drew Dix, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, in a statement.

In addition to the pre-game festivities, MLB also honored the U.S. Armed Forces with the inaugural All-Star Armed Services Classic, an exhibition game that took place between members of the Air Force and the Army at Nationals Park on Friday.

The 30 recipients who will be in attendance are as follows:

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Bennie Adkins
Donald BallardImage result for all-star armed services classic
Harvey Barnum, Jr.
Gary Beikirch
Edward Byers
Bruce Crandall
Roger Donlon
Michael Fitzmaurice
Robert Foley
Harold Fritz
Charles Hagemeister
Thomas Kelley
Charles Kettles
Gary Littrell
James Livingston
Walter Marm, Jr.
James McCloughan
Melvin Morris
Robert Patterson
Leroy Petry
Alfred Rascon
Gordon Roberts
Clinton Romesha
Gary Rose
Ronald Rosser
Clarence Sasser
Kenneth Stumpf
James Taylor
Brian Thacker
Hershel “Woody” Williams

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