"A lot of people have served their country and sacrificed their lives for what we're doing now and for our freedom," Gardenhire said. "My father was a part of that. I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of women and men who are serving still. So this is their day. And every day should be their day. So I'm glad we can use the baseball field to recognize that all around baseball."
The Twins and Rangers wore specially-designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps in honor of Memorial Day.
The Memorial Day effort is part of MLB's ongoing recognition of veterans, active military and military families. MLB has committed more than $30 million to Welcome Back Veterans since its inception in 2008.
MLB and MLB Advanced Media are donating 100 percent of its net proceeds from sales of the US-based clubs' caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans as part of its contribution to the program.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.