Friday, October 21 at 6:30 PM at Middletown High School South

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Police Department and Middletown School District have partnered to host a salute to law enforcement, military, veterans, first responders and the United States of America. The event will be held at the Middletown High School South vs. Toms River North Asbury Park Press football game of the week on October 21, 2016 at Middletown South High School, 900 Nut Swamp Road. Gates open at 5:00pm. Ceremony begins at 6:30pm.

The ceremony will entail color guards from dozens of law enforcement agencies and military posts throughout the state as well as pipe and drum bands from the Port Authority Police, New Jersey State Police, Monmouth and Ocean Counties Emeralds Societies, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians leading a large contingency of police, military, veterans, first responders and football players on to the field. A large American flag will be unfolded and held by uniformed personnel and football players from each team. The bands will play God Bless America and Amazing Grace. The National Anthem will then be sung by a Port Authority Police Officer and a student from each school. The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit will conduct a flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem. The NJSP and Middletown Mounted Units will participate as well as the Middletown Police K-9 Unit.

The game will begin immediately after the ceremony. Those wishing to attend the game should arrive early due to security and parking concerns caused by the anticipated large crowd.