Monday, July 4, 2011
Impressive holiday ceremonies at Fenway
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox never disappoint on Independence Day.
During a pregame ceremony, celebrating the Fourth of July, a giant American flag was draped over the Green Monster and there was a flyover of four F-15Cs following the national anthem.
While these have become traditions at Fenway, there was an added surprise for one local family.
US Navy Petty Officer Bridget Lydon, of Squantum, Mass., was reunited with her family on the field before the game. Since 2009, Lydon has been stationed on the USS Ronald Reagan, where she is currently the training Petty Officer for G-1 Division. This was the first time in six months that she has seen her mother and brother and the first time in more than nine months that she has been back to Boston. The reunion was arranged with the help of the US Navy.
Lydon walked out from under the giant flag in left field and her family sprinted out to her for the emotional reunion. She then threw out the ceremonial first pitch.