St. Louis (KSDK) - The St. Louis Cardinals will welcome home the team with a special pre-game ceremony Friday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m., just before the home opener.
The ceremony will include the Budweiser Clydesdales and will pay tribute to the 2011 World Championship team. Governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will be in attendance.
All four of the team's Commissioner's Trophies will be featured, as well as representatives of those World Championship teams.
There will also be a video tribute to the 2011 team.
The ceremony will end with the raising of the 2011 World Championship banner by the family of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey White, Jr. of Catawissa, Missouri.
Spc. White was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom when he died April 3 in Afghanistan.
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and was able to attend Game 7 of the World Series when he was on leave last October. He was planning to attend Opening Day with his family before he was killed.
Spc. Whites' mother Paula, father Jeff, and brothers Michael and Kyle will raise the banner.
Singer Shannon Magrane, who was featured on Season 11 of American Idol, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and two F-16s from the U.S. Air Force will fly over the stadium.
The Cardinals will also host an Opening Day pre-game rally from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Ballpark Village parking lot, directly across from Busch Stadium at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway.
Fredbird will give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items, and other Cardinals items.
The gates to the stadium will open at 11:45 a.m. All fans that are at least 21-years-old will receive a magnet with the 2012 Cardinals schedule, courtesy of Busch Beer.
Fans can watch the pre-game ceremony and the game on FS-Midwest. Radio coverage will be provided by KMOX (1120 AM).