BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots and the Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 452 will honor Denville and all other military veterans on "Veterans of America Day,” Sunday, Aug. 25. Gates will open at 4 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.
All veterans will receive complimentary admission to the game, while all family, friends and other guests of veterans will receive $5 upper box tickets. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the special ceremony expected to begin at 4:15 p.m.
This year’s event will honor the Guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Sgt. Kevin Donovan as the keynote speaker. Donovan, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), volunteered for duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1981 and completed his time in 1984. For his service, he earned the rare Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge (Badge #253), the second-least awarded badge in the U.S. Military, after the Astronaut Badge. He will be joined by fellow Tomb Guards.
The ceremony also will feature a special Honor Guard from Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 233; the Rifle Squad from the Marine Corps League Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, Detachment #190-Milltown; and Echo Taps.
The Combat Logistics Battalion 25 of Red Bank will reenact the flag raising on Iwo Jima by Marines.
Pilots from the Jersey Jerks, led by Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Russo joined by Dr. Buzz Cortez, Ed Nagle, Gavin Nagle and John Mazur, will perform a military fly-over with World War II planes.
Military vehicles will be stationed around the ballpark for fans to view before the game.
For the second year, the event will include participation by the Armed Forces Heritage Museum and its traveling education and multi-media trailer, which features some current and ongoing projects.
After the game, there will be a paratrooper helicopter drop fundraiser to benefit the Basilone Memorial Foundation.
For more information on how to participate in the Somerset Patriots Veterans of America Day or purchase tickets for the event, call the Somerset Patriots Ticket Office at 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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