55th Annual St. Louis Cardinal Navy recruit company day

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Young recruits file out of the Soldier`s Memorial early Thursday morning.

There are moments to capture for these new members of the military from the Midwest.

"Typically a young man or woman goes to boot camp and they fall in and make a company based on whoever shows up that day from all over the nation," says Naval Commander Clay Mason.  "But this is unique because these are all St. Louis or Midwestern kids."

There are 90 new recruits from Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky compromising the St. Louis district.

Thursday they gathered for the 55th annual St. Louis Cardinal recruit company day.

The inductees and their families gathered for a picnic before marching to Busch stadium where they were formally sworn in on the field.

"Oh it's been a teary day," says naval Dad Paul Colclasure.  "Proud, definitely proud.  Anybody that's served any branch I'm definitely proud of them."

Paul Colclasure's son Joshua got to see Thursday's game up until the seventh inning.

That's when he and his fellow naval recruits began their trip to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois.

"I'm actually third generation Navy," says Colclasure.  "My Dad was Navy, his Dad was Navy and I have two older brothers that were Navy and my oldest son and my youngest son are going in."

So this family tradition becomes a part of the annual cardinal tradition.

And speaking of the redbirds, they're paying for the uniforms for the new military members.

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