Military Appreciation Night telecast on Bally Sports Midwest set for Friday, July 15
Event will feature National Guard soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division and their families at Busch Stadium
The Cardinals and Bally Sports Midwest will connect local troops deployed overseas with fans at home during the Cardinals TV broadcast on Friday, July 15.
Bally Sports Salutes will feature Missouri and Kansas National Guard soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division, who are currently deployed to Kuwait. In addition, many of the soldiers’ family members will attend the game at Busch Stadium.
American troops throughout the world will watch the game live on American Forces Network. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on Bally Sports Midwest – that’s 2:30 a.m. in the Middle East.
Dan McLaughlin and Brad Thompson will call the game, with Alexa Datt reporting and Scott Warmann, Al Hrabosky and Rick Ankiel hosting pregame and postgame coverage.
Bally Sports Salutes is presented in coordination with the Cardinals, Missouri National Guard and American Forces Network. This is the 13th Cardinals telecast to troops. July 15 is also the Cardinals’ Military Appreciation Theme Night at Busch Stadium. Fans who purchase a special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap celebrating their favorite brand of the military (cardinals.com/militarynight). A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to USO Missouri.
What: Cardinals telecast to troops, titled Bally Sports Salutes
When: Friday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Louis/2:30 a.m. in the Middle East
Who: 35th Infantry Division, comprised of Missouri and Kansas National Guard members
Their family members
Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis | Kuwait
Watch: On Bally Sports Midwest and American Forces Network
Background: 35th Infantry Division
The 35th Infantry Division was organized in August 1917 as a National Guard formation of citizen-soldiers from Kansas and Missouri. In May 1918. The 35th Infantry Division arrived in France and saw combat in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Notably Captain Harry S. Truman, future President of the United States, commanded Battery D of the 129th Field Artillery Regiment, assigned to the 35th Infantry Division during WWI.
The 35th Infantry Division was deactivated after WWI and reactivated after the attack on Pearl Harbor as a National Guard Division with soldiers from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The Division landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy on July 5, 1944 and entered combat on July 11, 1944 fighting in the Normandy hedgerows, north of Saint-Lô until the end of the war in Europe. After WWII the 35th Infantry Division was deactivated again until 1984.
In 2003 the 35th Infantry Division deployed to Bosnia to command the Stabilization Force (SFOR13) in Bosnia. At Eagle Base, Tuzla, Bosnia the multinational force had the task of maintaining peace and preventing further ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. After completing their six month mission in Bosnia the Division returned to Kansas in October 2003.
From 2017 to 2018 the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters first deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield for nine months. Exercising control over Operation Spartan Shield, the 35th Infantry Division commands the headquarter element of Task Force Spartan which maintains a U.S. military presence in Southwest Asia to strengthen U.S. defense relationships and build partner capacity in the Gulf and Levant regions. Approximately 500 National Guard Soldiers from Kansas and Missouri sustained regional security operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
In early 2022 citizen-soldiers from the 35th Infantry Division mobilized again to the Middle East where are they currently deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The 35th Infantry Division actively supports U.S. partners and allies in the region by strengthening combat-readiness, developing partnerships, maintaining mission readiness, as well as fostering an environment of mutual respect and cultural understanding. The Santa Fe Division stands ready to protect American interests and the homeland.