BEDMINSTER, NJ _ Flags are still available for the 5th Annual Field of Honor® at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in tribute to celebrate the nation's independence and to honor those who have served their country. This year's tribute especially honors the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, "End of Watch 4-12-20." 

Sgt. Patterson passed away following a battle with COVID-19 on April 12. He had begun his career as a patrolman in 2006. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in October 2014.

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is hosting the display of 200 American flags in the north field of River Road Park along Route 202/206 in Bedminster.

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The rows of flags will fly through Saturday, July 11, when all dedications will be unveiled and celebrated on the website page for the event. A link to view a compilation of all dedications will be released in July. 

This year, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is dedicating the flag display to first responders and medical professionals "Who have sacrificed and endured so much for their communities during these trying times. We specifically honor the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, End of Watch 4-12-20."

Flags available for adoption until July 11

Flags are still available for adoption and dedication for $40, or purchase and dedication for $60 until July 11, said Kristina Poggi, museum coordinator at the Jacobus Vanderveer House at 3055 River Road in Bedminster. Flags will be on display through July 11, according to the Friends organization.

The flags can be ordered online.

Sponsoring or purchasing a flag Includes a personalized dedication that will be unveiled and celebrated on the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer house website.

The Field of Honor® program is part of a national movement that started out as a way to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The concept has grown and communities across the United States are now utilizing on Field of Honor® tributes to raise money and awareness for an array of causes. 

The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and is the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, recognized as America’s first military training academy and the precursor to The United States Military Academy at West Point. The Jacobus Vanderveer House, operated by The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the stay by General Knox and his family during the 1778-79 encampment. A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Jacobus Vanderveer House is a landmark that offers a vivid look into the history of the nation, and the lives of those who made it. The house is located at 3055 River Road and can be accessed via River Road Park. The Friends sponsor public events throughout the year. Directions and more information is available at www.jvanderveerhouse.org.