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American hero to raise the flag at All-Star Game

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He's an Army veteran and a true hero who loves America's favorite pastime, and on Tuesday, he'll fulfill a dream by raising the flag at the All-Star Game at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.

Although the records of his three tours in Afghanistan show that he is certainly deserving of the honor, Josemy Morales is a humble hero. He was raised on the sport and says he is just as excited to see the game as he is to take part in it.

"It's huge," he said. "I'm from Puerto Rico, so baseball is a huge deal. I played for 18 years."

Morales got the call from Major League Baseball last week, but the decorated war hero who once risked his own life to save 3 Air Force soldiers during a day-long rocket attack admits he's still feeling nervous.

"It was incredible," he recalled. "First, it was like, 'Oh my God. This is not happening. This is not true,' and I just started shaking -- which actually lasted the whole day."

Morales will be honored before the game, and will raise the American Flag before players take the field.

"I'm excited to see the game, but the honor to actually represent our men and women in the armed forces is a great honor to actually be picked," he said.

His wife nominated him for the All-Star honor, and he'll be taking her and his 3-year-old daughter to the game on Tuesday. His coworkers at the Minneapolis Foundation told Fox 9 News they couldn't be happier for him, and they say the MLB couldn't have made a better choice.

"He told me that he and his wife hoped to go to the All-Star Game and couldn't afford it and said, 'That's okay, we'll watch it on TV,'" coworker Theresa Morrow said. "So, this is a dream come true for him -- and well-deserved."

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