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Middletown 350

  • Middletown 350
    What is Middletown 350?
    Middletown 350 is a celebration of the township's founding 350 years ago in 1664. Our celebration officially begins on Middletown Day. A series of special events and programs are planned over the next year to give the community many opportunities to celebrate our 350th anniversary, learn about our rich history and show pride in our unique community.

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1. There are several states that have a Middletown. Make sure you search for Middletown, New Jersey. You should also try Middletown Township, New Jersey and see if you get different results. 

2. Remember to spell New Jersey. The abbreviation NJ doesn't work as well. 

Middletown History






 Middletown, New Jersey, April 24, 2014 – The three Middletown middle schools, in conjunction with Middletown 350, will be honoring World War II veterans at Middletown Military Shout Out, on May 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   The theme of this multi-faceted event is to “Remember, Educate, and Entertain,” culminating in an authentic World War II U.S.O. show performed by students from the Thorne, Bayshore, and Thompson middle schools.

     Thorne Middle School, which houses the Battle of the Bulge Monument, will host the event. Special guests will include survivors of that battle and other World War II Veterans.  The school is named for Corporal Horace Thorne, Middletown’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.  The medal was awarded posthumously for Corporal Thorne’s heroism during the Battle of the Bulge.  The Middletown Military Shout Out event is part of a series commemorating Middletown’s 350th anniversary. 

     Middletown Military Shout Out will feature three events, beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Battle of the Bulge monument in front of the school.  The Battle of the Bulge monument, previously housed at Fort Monmouth, was relocated to Thorne in May of 2011, with a re-dedication ceremony that included over 90 survivors of the battle.  Next, attendees will be welcome to visit inside the school to see a “Wall of Heroes” and showcases of World War II gear and uniforms.  There will be a special presentation by Mr. Frank McGinley, an artist who captures history through painting.  Several of Mr. McGinley’s original paintings depicting the battle will be on display.  The program will conclude with the U.S.O. show, which will take place outside, behind the school.

 Veterans who wish to attend Middletown Military Shout Out should contact the school, at (732) 787-1220.  Families and the general public are welcome to attend any part of the program, and need not contact the school.  For the U.S.O. show, seating will be available for veterans and their families.  Other attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. Thorne Middle School is located at 70 Murphy Road, in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. 

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The Thorne Media Center has books on local history as well as New Jersey History.
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Nonfiction and Reference sections:  973.3, 974,  974.9    

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