Monday, October 17, 2011

First Lady to Attend World Series Opener

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, greet people outside the home of Army Sgt. Johnny Agbi's home during a Joining Forcers initiative event, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.
Major League Baseball announced Monday that it has dedicated Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals to veterans and their families.

The first lady and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium as part of MLB's Welcome Back Veterans program and Obama's Joining Forces initiative.

Before the game, the two will join representatives from MLB and the St. Louis Cardinals, including Hall of Famer and Army veteran Red Schoendienst, at the St. Louis VA Medical Center for a military family appreciation event.

Obama and Biden also will participate in an interview on their Joining Forces initiative and answer questions submitted by fans through Facebook and Twitter.

"We are honored to have First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden join us for the 2011 Fall Classic to recognize the courageous men and women who serve the country as well as their families," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "Major League Baseball has raised more than $11 million over the past several years through our Welcome Back Veterans program to help support veterans and their families. The World Series gives us the perfect opportunity to build on this ongoing commitment."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
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