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Airmen Hold Giant Flag at Center Field for Twins' Home Opener

Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers wait in a tunnel of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with a giant American flag to used for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. For Master Sgt. Rick Krivanek of the 109th Airlift Squadron (left), and Senior Master Sgt. Dan Flohr (right) of the 210th Engineering and Installation Squadron, it is thier 6th time on the field to participate in the honors. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers wait in a tunnel of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with a giant American flag to used for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. For Master Sgt. Rick Krivanek of the 109th Airlift Squadron (left), and Senior Master Sgt. Dan Flohr (right) of the 210th Engineering and Installation Squadron, it is thier 6th time on the field to participate in the honors. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers line up at center field with a giant American flag in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers line up at center field with a giant American flag in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Master Sgt. Rick Krivanek (left) from the 109th Airlift Squadron anchors the upper left corner of the American flag held by Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers in the middle of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Master Sgt. Rick Krivanek (left) from the 109th Airlift Squadron anchors the upper left corner of the American flag held by Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers in the middle of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the national anthem in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Technical Sgt. Tony Jones from the Joint Force Headquarters of the Minnesota National Guard holds a giant American flag for the national anthem at center field along with over two dozen other Airmen and Soldiers in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Technical Sgt. Tony Jones from the Joint Force Headquarters of the Minnesota National Guard holds a giant American flag for the national anthem at center field along with over two dozen other Airmen and Soldiers in the home opener for the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2009. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minnesota National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and family members cheer on the Twins in the home opener at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on April 6, 2009 after the military members held a giant flag on the field for the national anthem. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minnesota National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and family members cheer on the Twins in the home opener at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on April 6, 2009 after the military members held a giant flag on the field for the national anthem. USAF Official Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Minneapolis -- Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minnesota joined over two dozen other members of the Minnesota National Guard on April 6, 2009 to hold a giant flag on the field of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the home opener of the Minnesota Twins. The honors have become a tradition with Guardsmen participating in the event many times in recent years.

The Minnesota Twins baseball team enjoys a strong relationship with the Minnesota National Guard and regularly highlights deployed Airmen and Soldiers and their families, especially since 2002 when current operations began in Southwest Asia.

This was the last home opener in the Metrodome with outdoor play in Target Field scheduled to begin next year. There were over 24,600 fans attending the game against the Seattle Mariners. The Twins lost the game to Seattle, 1-6.