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11/09/10 10:50 PM EST

Veterans to take BP as Dodgers honor military

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will recognize Veterans Day on Thursday by hosting 80 members of the military in taking batting practice at Dodger Stadium.

The group will hit on the field, throw in the Dodgers' bullpen, hit in the indoor batting cages and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dodgers' clubhouse. Two representatives from each branch of the military will participate in a home run derby to conclude the event and the winner will receive four tickets to Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants on April 1.

Dodgers alumni in attendance will include special advisor to the chairman and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda (1946-47 Army veteran), special advisor to the chairman Don Newcombe (1952-53 Army veteran), general manager Ned Colletti and former Dodgers Roy Gleason (1967 Army veteran), Steve Yeager, Kenny Landreaux and Bobby Castillo. Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner will emcee the event.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.