BALTIMORE -- It's been seven years since Sept. 11 became a date ingrained into the minds of Americans. Seven years since Major League Baseball postponed an entire schedule of games for two days -- the first such cancellations since D-Day in 1944.
But time has not erased the memory of that fateful day as Americans across the country came to grips with the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. This year, on the seventh anniversary of that day, the Orioles will do their part to help perpetuate that memory as well as benefit Welcome Back Veterans -- an initiative supported by Major League Baseball designed to raise public awareness about issues facing today's veterans and to raise funds to support programs and services that these returning soldiers need to repair and restore their lives.
Starting on Wednesday, the Orioles will donate 50 percent of ticket sales for their Sept. 11, 7:05 p.m. ET game with the Indians to the Welcome Back Veterans foundation. The Orioles will also welcome injured members of the armed forces from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the game and will honor one of them with a ceremonial first pitch.
"The Orioles and OriolesREACH are proud to partner with Welcome Back Veterans on this worthwhile endeavor," said Orioles director of communications Greg Bader in a release sent out by the team on Wednesday. "We are fortunate to enjoy the support of many servicemen and women and their families, and this is an opportunity for us to give back to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country."
That's not all the Orioles will be doing, along with the rest of Major League Baseball, to recognize the anniversary of Sept. 11. Baltimore will also be bringing back the blue stars and stripes "O's" hats it donned to celebrate the Independence Day weekend earlier this summer.
To purchase tickets for the Orioles game with the Indians or to simply contribute to Welcome Back Veterans, fans can go to www.orioles.com, call 1-888-848-BIRD or in person at the Oriole Park box office.
Amanda Comak is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.