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Troops honored at Cowgirl Diamond

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was a patriotic display to our troops at McNeese Cowgirl Diamond on Sunday.

The Cowgirls held a Military Appreciation Day to honor all the men and women currently serving in our Armed Forces as well as the veterans and heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A ceremony was held right before the game at 1 p.m. with a flag display representing each branch of the military. 

There was a moment of silence to honor the troops before the National Anthem.

"A lot of us have family that have served or we have lost close friends and family members and it's a way to kind of gain some perspective. We get to coach and play for a living and we have a lot of adversities that we face but in reality, it is nothing compared to those who have lost loved ones or those that are on the front lines protecting and allowing us to do what we love to do. So, it's just our way to pay tribute to the real heroes," said Joanna Hardin, MSU Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

Retired Sgt. Shelton Ashworth threw out the first pitch. Ashworth lost his arm and leg while serving in Vietnam and said he was honored to be a part of the day's events.

"I did have a few practices at home yesterday evening. My grandson came over and we pitched a little bit. I'm probably going to embarrass myself," laughed Ashworth. "But this is a huge honor for me. I feel real privileged to come out here and do this. So, I thank everybody who invited me."

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