The Kraft family and the New England Patriots will thank the real patriots among us when they honor veterans and active duty military members with a number of game day activities at Gillette Stadium as part of the team’s 2014 Salute to Service game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Nov. 23. The activities are in recognition of Veterans Day and a part of the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign and the Patriots Charitable Foundation’s week-long veteran and military volunteerism initiative.
In a pregame ceremony, Patriots Cheerleaders and members of the organization will join veterans and active duty military members to unfurl three American flags on the field. The United States Marine Corps out of Fort Devens, Mass., will present the colors, and the Massachusetts Army National Guard Voices of Freedom will perform the national anthem. At the end of the national anthem, two F-15C fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing, 131st Fighter Squadron will fly over Gillette Stadium. The fighter jets will take off from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass. Continue reading