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White Sox plan special Memorial Day activities

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox celebration and honoring of Memorial Day actually started on Sunday with a pregame parade featuring military members and their friends and family. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Army paratrooper staff sergeant Al Mampre to Chris Sale.

Mampre was one of the original members of the Heroic 101st Airborne Company that later became the subject of the book and television series, "Band of Brothers," and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star during his service in World War II.

Eight servicemen were honored on the field, with the White Sox starters signing autographs for each individual at their respective positions. There was also a National Moment of Remembrance, a chance to honor those Americans who have sacrificed their lives serving the country.

Monday will feature a National Moment of Remembrance, followed by video for Memorial Day/Moment of Remembrance. Challenger, the Bald Eagle, will fly across the pitcher's mound during the national anthem, and there will be ceremonial first pitches by five members of the United States Armed Forces.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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