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Gardena Marine to be honored tonight at Dodger game


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Santa Cruz of Gardena will be honored as the Veteran of the Game Monday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Cruz served several multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. His honors include a Combat Action Medal and Meritorious Mast. He is now a Marine Corps reservist, pursuing a career as a firefighter.

The national anthem will be sung by Andrea Torre, the daughter of former Dodger manager Joe Torre, along with her school’s choir, the Harvard-Westlake Chamber Singers.

Laker forward Pau Gasol will throw the ceremonial first pitch.