MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(20 September, 2012)
Public Invited To National Guard
Sea Girt National Guard Training Center open to public for first time in a decade; Join us for a day of military pageantry and family fun
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the New Jersey National Guard has deployed thousands of Soldiers and Airmen around the globe to serve our state and nation where they were needed most, from the battlefields of Afghanistan to areas hit hard at home by Hurricane Irene.
One thing that has remained constant over the years, the unwavering support of New Jerseyeans for their “Hometown Team;” the Citizen Airmen and Soldiers of the National Guard.
As a way of saying thank you, the public is cordially invited to join the New Jersey National Guard for a day of military pageantry and family fun at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt on Sept. 30.
The festivities begin with a formal Military Pass in Review at 11 a.m.
A Pass in Review is a living part of military history, a ceremony that dates back to the Revolutionary War and has been conducted nearly every year by the National Guard at Sea Girt since 1885. The ceremony includes a ceremonial parade of troops and equipment past a reviewing stand. This year’s review includes a flyover by Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets and KC-135 refueling jets as well as a demonstration by the National Guard parachute team and a 19-gun cannon salute by an Army National Guard artillery battery.
This year’s review is the first that has been open to the public in more than a decade.
Once the ceremony concludes, the public is invited to mingle with the troops and check out displays of military equipment, including UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters, Humvees, and weapons systems.
For young people, there will be a rock climbing wall, a football toss contest and soccer kick competition.