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‘Red, white and blue’ game set at Brookhaven High School

Brookhaven High School will host its first-ever red, white and blue game on Friday.

The Panthers take on Laurel High School on King Field.

Before the game, there will be a patriotic-themed celebration starting at 6:35 p.m.

The goal is to show support for local veterans, active service men and women and first responders.

“We want to do something special for these people we are honoring and let them know that we appreciate what they do.” said Col. Craig Weaver of BHS JROTC. “We know they are out there working hard to keep us safe.”

The idea originated from April Clopton, the wife of head football coach Tommy Clopton.

“We have great respect for those who choose to sacrifice to protect the freedoms that we enjoy each day,” said Clopton.

Those interested in participating in the ceremonies are encouraged to meet underneath the scoreboard on the football field at 6:20 p.m.

They will walk in front of the stand to be honored. Weaver said there will be words spoken to honor the guests in attendance.

The JROTC will display a large American flag on King Field and the Panther Band will play “God Bless America” and the national anthem. 

“I love giving back,” said Weaver. “I was once in their shoes and anytime the community showed support, we really appreciated that.”

Weaver said organizers plan to expand on this event in subsequent seasons.

“We’re hoping this game gains momentum each year we do this and we can keep building on the activities in the future,” he said.