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Astros to don special caps on Memorial Day

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HOUSTON -- The Astros will join the rest of Major League Baseball in wearing specially designed caps and jerseys on Memorial Day featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed by the United States Marine Corps.

The Astros play the Rockies at 1:10 p.m. CT on Monday at Minute Maid Park, and veterans and active military personnel will receive a 50-percent discount on tickets at the Minute Maid Park box office with the presentation of a military ID.

Prior to game time, service members representing the National Guard Reserve and active duty components of all five branches of the military will take part in a special flag presentation.

An additional pregame ceremony will include combat veterans from military campaigns, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ceremonial first pitch of will be thrown by 90-year-old WWII veteran Pat Duncan, a native Texan who joined the Navy at 17 and served for six years. He received eight different commendations and medals over the course of his service.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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