About two dozen men and women recited the oath of enlistment for the army at AT&T Field in Chattanooga on Saturday. It wasn't your typical swearing in ceremony. AT&T Field and a couple thousand Lookouts fans served as the backdrop.
"Seeing all of the people up there supporting me, it felt very surreal and really cool," Summer Thomas, an Army recruit said.
For Thomas, joining the military is a family tradition.
"Yes, it made it very special because my family was able to be here and watch me say the oath of enlistment and all the good things and we can also enjoy baseball. We love baseball," Thomas said.
Retired U.S. Army 4-Star General B.B. Bell led the ceremony.
"What a great opportunity because what's more patriotic than baseball, young people entering service and a chance to celebrate that on Memorial Day weekend," Bell said.
Memorial day weekend is a time to remember those who fought and died to protect our freedom. Military leaders told Channel 3 the ceremony remembered the past while also looking toward the future.
"It's important that we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but at the same time too, we're also honoring the commitment of our future soldiers to continue to defend democracy of this great nation," U.S. Army Capt. Peter Ahching said.
It's a commitment many people don't usually see especially a crowd that was at Saturday's Lookouts game. Now, the group of men and women are part of the U.S. army.
The recruits will head to basic training in the fall.