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All eyes in Red Sox Nation were turned to the Harvard Fire Department on April 22, when its Honor Guard descended on Fenway Park to carry Old Glory for the singing of the national anthem.

It was all thanks to the perseverance of firefighter Bill Barton, who’d been in frequent contact with the Red Sox organization’s entertainment director since last season.

Barton was told Fenway was booked full last year, but that the Harvard fire crew would remain on call. Harvard Fire got the call a week before the April 22 game, and Barton snatched up the invite.

The Harvard Honor Guard took the field in formation before a soldout crowd. Lt. Rob Warren snapped the photos, which he shared with us.

Unfortunately for Red Nation, Clay Buchholz and the Sox were shut out by C.J. Wilson and two Texas relievers, 3-0.