FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Fort Carson community members turned out in large numbers, May 3, 2014, as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox honored the Mountain Post Family with the annual Fort Carson Appreciation night event.

The event is one of the Sky Sox's special games each season as they honor members of the Army community. A loud crowd let Sky Sox officials know they appreciated the recognition.

As people entered the parking lot at Security Service Field it was clear it was not a normal night at the ballpark. Fort Carson Families had barbecues on small grills and sporting activities as the fans got ready for the baseball action inside the stadium.

At the entry to the stadium, the 4th Infantry Division Band entertained baseball fans with a variety of songs, many showing the spirit of the military.

As part of the Fort Carson Appreciation Night, Acting Senior Commander Col. Mike Tarsa, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, threw a ceremonial first pitch.

Before the game, members of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, set up four cannons that would be used for the annual 21-gun salute. The salute is performed immediately after the national anthem, which this year was sung by Staff Sgt. Tony Cooper of the Army band. After Cooper's stirring rendition of the national anthem, each blast of the 21-gun salute along the left field line was met with applause and approval from the crowd.

The sellout crowd showered the Fort Carson participants with appreciation throughout the night and cheered the Sky Sox to a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Memphis Redbirds.

Fort Carson Appreciation Night festivities are over for this year, but servicemembers and their Families can take advantage of remaining military appreciation nights June 26, 2014; July 31, 2014 and Aug. 21, 2014. Ticket vouchers, which must be exchanged for tickets at the Sky Sox box office, will be available at Information, Tickets and Registration about a week prior to each game. Call 526-5366 for more information.