Whiteman Air Force group presents stars and stripes at Kauffman

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No opening day would be complete with seeing the stars and stripes stretched across the diamond.

A contingent from Whiteman Air Force Base was on hand to present the colors.

FOX 4 caught up with the group rehearsing their pregame flag detail

30 soldiers, all of whom are based locally, helped stretch the huge American flag across the Kauffman infield.

Tech Sergeant Tyler Alexander lead the squad, who managed to give the big banner a wave while keeping it from touching the ground.

Alexander said the Air Force is always grateful the Royals want to include them.

"All of our airmen who participate in these events, they learn how supportive the state of Missouri is toward the military. Anytime we come out here, we see people come out in droves to thank us. We don't do it for thanks or anything like that, but it's real nice to see the support we get in this area," Alexander said.

That same group from Whiteman also works events for the Chiefs, Sporting KC, and the University of Missouri Tigers.