KANSAS CITY -- For some, Memorial Day might just mean a day off from work or school, and an excuse to light up the grill. But the importance of taking the time to honor the men and women who serve in the military isn't lost on Royals manager Ned Yost.
"I do this all the time, I forget that there's people in another country giving everything they have for me, and for us. That's kind of a shame," Yost said. "I always try to make a point every time during the national anthem that I remember them, that I'm thankful for their service and what they provide for us: The ability for us to go about our life we have."
In honor of Memorial Day, both the Royals and the visiting Angels were wearing alternate Stars and Stripes caps, part of an MLB initiative to promote Welcome Back Veterans, an organization that offers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment for returning veterans.
Four veterans of foreign wars were honored prior to the game: Gonzaolo Reyes, Kent Schroeder, Joe Liles and Lou Kadera. Army Commander Edward Slater, a veteran of the Korean War, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
A three-volley salute was also given in honor of military personnel from Kansas and Missouri who lost their lives in recent operations overseas.
A moment of silence was also observed for the people of Joplin, Mo. and Reading, Kan., who experienced devastating tornadoes a week ago.
And according to Yost, one day isn't enough to honor those who have served.
"This day should be 365 days a year, but we all get caught up in our everyday stuff with what we're doing," Yost said. "These are very, very important people. They're very special people and it's a time to stop and reflect on how great they really are."