– Clear skies and brilliant sun lit the greens and fairways of TPC Boston here Wednesday, August 28, as the Deutsche Bank Championship held its opening ceremony with the assistance of the Massachusetts National Guard, including a color guard presentation by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, and the National Anthem sung by the Guard’s 215th Army Band’s Voices of Freedom.
“Each year we kick off our week with these opening ceremonies thanks to our great partners at the Massachusetts National Guard,” said tournament director, Eric Baldwin. “They do an amazing job for our country, and we thank them for their continued support of the Deutsche Bank Championship and for everything they do to keep us safe.”
The ceremony highlighted two Massachusetts Army National Guardsmen, 1st Lt. Steven Fiola and 1st Sgt. Bernard Madore, who were first responders at the Boston Marathon bombings. Staff Sgt. Edward Cummings, a Purple Heart recipient who served Active Duty in the 4th Brigade Mountain Division and was recently medically retired, was also honored during the ceremony.
“We appreciate their courage and heroism,” Baldwin said, “and are honored to have them here with us today.”
“It’s truly an honor to be here,” said Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General of Massachusetts. “As a Citizen-Soldier one of the greatest and warmest things I can ever do is serve our community and serve our nation,” said Rice as he addressed the crowd which included Jacques Brand, CEO, Deutsche Bank North America.
Rice, Fiola, Madore, and Cummings officially opened the tournament with a ceremonial tee-off at the 17th hole of the course. “If you’re down range from us, anything from 10 to 15 feet, make sure you have your flak vests on because it’s certainly going to be a danger zone,” Rice joked.
The Deutsche Bank Championship runs Friday through Monday, with the final day being designated as Boston Strong Day. The entire tournament is open to Department of Defense card holders.
Additional photos can be found on the official Massachusetts National Guard Flickr Page.