The Phillies are committed to honoring all the servicemen and women who have served or continue to serve our country.
Prior to the game on July 3, the Phillies were honored to join the Liberty USO in hosting an emotional surprise for the family of Sergeant Andria Allmond, who has been away from her husband and two young children since last March while serving heccr country in Djibouti, Africa.
As Sergeant Allmond's husband Eforrest, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, 6-year old daughter Ava and 4-year old Temple watched pre-game festivities from the field, they were directed to PhanaVision - where they couldn't believe their eyes. On the videoboard was their loving wife and mom - Sergeant Allmond - who had a short video message for her family to lift up their spirits until she returned home.
After the inspiring video message, the Phillies and Liberty USO recognized the family, as fans in the stands gave a standing ovation. Phillies players Tommy Joseph, Adam Morgan and Howie Kendrick also greeted the family, presenting them with Phillies jerseys.
It was a proud moment for the Allmond family, as well as a heartfelt reminder of the countless sacrifices made by members of the military.
The annual Salute to Veterans Celebration presented by Toyota was held at Citizens Bank Park on July 4. Veterans from all conflicts from WWII to the current day were honored on-field pregame. Fans were asked to donate back-to-school supplies to benefit the Liberty USO school supply collection for "Rucksacks to Backpacks". The collected items will be delivered to children of deployed service members for the upcoming school year.