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Rays pay tribute to veterans at the Trop


ST. PETERSBURG -- Monday's Memorial Day celebration at Tropicana Field saw the Rays and the Marlins wear specially designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps.

All 30 Major League teams donned the gear on Monday.

On the field prior to the game, the AVAST Amputee Color Guard, the only amputee color guard in the United States, presented the flag, which will be shipped to New York to represent the Rays at the 2013 All-Star Game as a part of the Tribute for Heroes initiative.

Master Sgt. Harry Bounds performed the national anthem and Paul F. Utter and service dog Ellie threw out the first pitch, representing Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots.

The Rays also participated in the National Moment of Remembrance, along with all of Major League Baseball, by holding a moment of silence at 3 p.m.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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