Military Appreciation Day at The Players Championship

Thousands came out for a concert and other festivities at The Players Championship Tuesday night, celebrating our nation's heroes.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thousands surrounded the iconic island green on Hole #17 at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday as our nation’s heroes were honored with a concert during Military Appreciation Day at The Players Championship.

Senior Chief Jason Hartwick was introduced by television host Carson Daly. He returned home for an emotional reunion with his family. They had been apart since May.

“We have done many deployments before, but we have never had a homecoming like that,” Hartwick said.

Hartwick and his family visited “The Morning Show” on Wednesday.

They haven't seen their Dad since April 2019. US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Hartwick Stationed has been stationed in the United Arab Emirates for his longest deployment yet. But Cobin, Xander , Alicyn and Jase were in for quite the surprise. They went to Military Appreciation Day at The Players Championship to see their favorite musical group the Chainsmokers... Well. I'll let you see for yourself what happened.

Dozens of young men and women made their Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces on Tuesday at the concert.

“Thank you so much for putting us in the limelight,” said Corey Burnett with the Florida Army National Guard. “It is a hard decision for young people, particularly nowadays, but also it is good to celebrate that in their lives.”

The tournament makes it a priority each and year to show our service members how much they’re appreciated. This year, The Players partnered with The Chainsmokers, who performed during the ceremony.


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