Top 5 Symbols Of Ocean County’s American Pride
As we get ready to celebrate America's 241st birthday next week, we took a look around Ocean County and found that patriotism is alive and well here at the Shore, so we wanted to share just a few of those local symbols that stand as a testament to our pride.
Every year, leading up to Memorial Day, volunteers take to the lawn at Southern Regional High School and plant a single flag for every American who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As of this time last year, there were nearly 7,000 flags representing the ultimate sacrifice that one can make for their country.
It's hard to miss the huge boulder decked out in the stars & stripes on the side of Route 539 between Manahawkin and Whiting. In other words, pretty much in the middle of nowhere, smack in the middle of the Pine Barrens.
Our editor and weekend DJ, Brad James, did some investigating. You can read his whole story and check out more pictures and video by clicking here.
If you ever get into a debate with someone about who is more patriotic, chances are that Toms River's "Flag Guy" has you beat. That is, of course, unless you plan to dress in red, white, and blue shorts, an American flag t-shirt, and march along the side of the road waving the stars & stripes.
Scores of people have seen Joe Placente of Toms River's show of pure patriotism, and my colleague Andy Chase of our sister station 105.7 The Hawk stopped to chat with him and learn more. You can click here to check out Andy's story.
Everyone knows Huddy Park. But not many know who the park is named after.
It turns out that Captain Joshua Huddy was a pretty important guy back in 1782. Not just important, but quite literally a martyr to the cause of our freedom.
In honor of Toms River's 250th birthday, we did a deep dive into the town's history, including Captain Huddy. You can check out that story by clicking here.
Ocean County is incredibly supportive and proud of our first responders.
Not only did we get dozens of submissions from police and fire departments throughout the county, but we got thousands of votes. If that's not pride, I don't know what is!