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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

30-Year Anniversary - Baseball Player Saves American Flag
It has been 30-years (April 25, 1976) since former United States Marine and then-Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved the American flag from being burned by two protestors at Dodger Stadium... a moment that was named one of the top 100 classic moments in baseball history by the National Baseball Hall of Fame committee.

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Military - It's Your Turn To Share Your Thoughts

It need not matter if you were a baseball fan or not. For what transpired on the afternoon of April 25, 1976 at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium was a moment that united Americans throughout the country.

At a time when the United States of America was celebrating its bicentennial, two protestors jumped onto the field and attempted to use the Dodger Stadium outfield as a political stage in which to burn the American flag.

With a lighter fluid and matches in hand, the protestors unfurled the flag and lit a match. The wind blew out the first match. As they tried to strike a second match, United States Marine veteran Rick Monday, then the centerfielder for the visiting Chicago Cubs (and current Dodger broadcaster), raced from his position, grabbed the flag and continued sprinting to the infield where he handed it over to Dodger pitcher Doug Rau.

This moment and the symbol it represented - freedom, history and those who have lost their lives in battle to save Old Glory - had countless Americans talking; from baseball fans to everyday American citizens.

It is ranked as one of the top 100 classic moments in baseball history by the National Baseball Hall of Fame committee and third on Sporting News' list as the most 'unusual' moment to occur on a major league baseball field.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of this event, it's your turn to express what that moment meant to you.

Were you a baseball fan attending this game in Los Angeles? Or, were you, your children or friends in the military - or a veteran of the armed forces - when this occurred?

A special book is being written about this moment and the impact it had on American society in a more innocent time. What went through your mind when you heard or saw this flag-burning incident? Did it have a special effect, or trigger a special event, for someone you know? Regardless of the scenario, your comments are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts in 500 words or less, and photos (if you were at the game or you are a veteran), and send them to or MVPSPORTS, 505 Beachland Blvd., Ste. 1-220, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Please include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

By sharing your thoughts and photos (sorry, items can not be returned), you give the writer permission to print your name and material. All entries are subject to edit.

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