New England Patriots to honor hundreds of veterans during annual Salute to Service game on Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots and the Kraft family will honor hundreds of veterans and active military members as part of the team’s annual Salute to Service game on Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium.

During Sunday’s game, players will be wearing a memorial sticker of a fallen patriot on their helmets as the team honors five T.A.P.S. families (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).

Among the players and fans, three generals will be in attendance, including two Joint Chiefs of Staff, dozens of officers, and more than 150 future guardsmen, sailors, and soldiers who will be enlisted on the field prior to the game.

The Patriots encourage fans to head to the stadium early in order to express appreciation during multiple pregame ceremonies, including the West Point Parachute Team, being the first pregame jump ever at Gillette Stadium.

Four F-15 jets from the Massachusetts National Guard will perform a pregame flyover at the conclusion of the national anthem, at approximately 1:00 p.m just ahead of kickoff.

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