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Twins honor U.S. Armed Forces to close holiday weekend

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Jeter plays his last game in Minnesota on Sunday Jeter plays his last game in Minnesota on Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

The Minnesota Twins will honor veterans and service members from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces before taking on the Yankees in the final game of the series on Sunday.

This marks the Twins’ 11th-annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day, which will also commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Thomson Reuters donated 1,000 tickets for active and retired members of the U.S. Military.

Read: Twins honor Derek Jeter with last-ever Metrodome second base

A pregame ceremony will take place before the game that’s slated to begin at 1:10 p.m General John W. Vessey (former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff) and Claire Giancola-Belmares whose son recently enlisted in the Army will throw the first pitches.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will present a POW flag to retired ambassador Bruce Laingen, who was the most senior American official held hostage during the Iran hostage crisis, serving as the head of diplomatic mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. WWII-era aircraft including four T-6 Trainers and one B-25 Bomber will do a flyover.

The Twins (39-47) finally pulled out a win in 11 innings on Saturday after losing two consecutive games in the series to the Yankees (43-43).

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