• Brian L. Barefield


On May 27th, the Astros will celebrate our nation’s heroes with a special Military Appreciation Day presented by Whataburger. This is the seventh time the Astros and Whataburger have partnered to honor our brave service men and women with Military Appreciation Day. Whataburger will also be donating 1,000 complimentary tickets and Whataburger coupons to the following active-duty and veteran’s groups: USO, Combined Arms, American Gold Star Mothers-Houston Chapter, The Military Order of the Purple Heart-Houston Chapter, all five local military branches.

“There is such an exciting energy at Minute Maid Park, and Whataburger is proud to partner with the Houston Astros for the seventh consecutive year to host Military Appreciation Day,” said Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Jeff Foster. “Days like this wouldn’t be possible without the brave men and women who work hard to keep our community safe and this is just one way for all of us to say thank you.”

“We are proud to partner with Whataburger to pay respect and honor our nation’s military and veterans.” said Executive Director of the Astros Foundation Twila Carter. “Military and Veteran support is a cornerstone of the Astros Foundation and we look forward to a very special Memorial Day tribute.  We greatly appreciate Whataburger’s continued commitment to our nation’s greatest treasures, our military and veterans.” 

The pregame ceremony will include representatives from the five branches of military in front of each of branch flag and a giant American flag on the outfield grass. Families of 10 fallen soldiers will be recognized followed a bugler call of Taps and a moment of silence. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by a World War II veteran. As a part of the MLB-wide initiative, a National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3:00pm CT.

Whataburger will also be supporting the Astros Foundation’s 50/50 in-game raffle, presented by Perry Homes. Everyone who buys a raffle ticket on May 27 will receive a special Whataburger coupon. Proceeds from that day’s 50/50 Raffle  will benefit the TAPS (The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) organization, which offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

Whataburger will also give a predetermined veteran a certificate for free Whataburger for a year, during the third inning.

Fans can support the Military Day initiatives by signing banners at pop-up stations at Sections 134 and 328. Whataburger and the Astros Foundation have created special banners that will be sent to deployed troops with these messages.

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