Navy blasts flag ceremony over loudspeakers annoying neighbors

Some neighbors are complaining about noise from the flag ceremony on a navy base in New Jersey.

Those living near Weapons Station Earle’s waterfront in Middletown at 8 a.m. hear the “Call to Colors” followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner” when the base raises its flag. A similar ceremony takes place at sunset when the flag is lowered.

Base spokesman Michael Brady tells the Asbury Park Press a new public address system was installed during the summer. Brady says officials are using sound meters to adjust the volume.

Resident Bob Wille questions why someone not in the military should have to wake up to reveille.

But Korean War veteran Andrew Lucina believes the base should pay the music as loud as it wants.

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