Major League Baseball will hold moments of silence prior to all games throughout Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have died in service to their nation. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, MLB will join the National Moment of Remembrance, an initiative the league has supported since 1997, where all games will pause for a moment of silence around 3 p.m. local time.
U.S.-based MLB Clubs will wear specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day. The Toronto Blue Jays will wear a camouflage design based on the Canadian Disruptive Pattern ("CADPAT") used by Canadian Forces.
The Memorial Day effort is part of MLB’s ongoing recognition of veterans, active military and military families. MLB has committed more than $30 million to Welcome Back Veterans (welcomebackveterans.org) since its inception in 2008.
MLB and MLB Advanced Media will donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the US-based clubs’ caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans as part of its contribution to the program. MLB and MLBAM will also donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the Blue Jays’ jerseys and caps to the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services' “Support Our Troops Fund.”
Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.
Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.