Colonial Flag Foundation Programs Attract Great People

Tom Wigmore

Cohasset, Massachusetts Citizen of the Year Tom Wigmore adjusts flags for a Memorial Day Display.

Since Healing Field® and Field of Honor® events encompass massive displays of the Stars and Stripes, the casual observer may conclude that whether in California or New York—the events are pretty much the same. Actually, each event bears the unique stamp of the local host community. Nevertheless, there are many parallels that become obvious for those lucky enough who visit several of these amazing flag displays. One thing that stands out to those of us, working at the Foundation’s national office, is that our program attracts amazing people who serve as local organizers. Our efforts coordinating flag displays all over our nation, gives us the opportunity to build fast friendships with some outstanding individuals.

It takes someone really special to stand out among this exceptional group of community leaders, and Thomas Wigmore of Cohasset, Massachusetts fills that bill to overflowing. For decades Tom has working quietly behind the scenes to honor veterans during Cohasset’s Memorial Day Activities. Appreciation for our veterans often grows from personal service in the military, but in Tom’s case his demonstrated appreciation stems from his father’s military service. Tom is Commander of the Cohasset Chapter of the Sons of the American Legion. Steve Wigmore, Tom’s father, is the Commander of the town’s George H. Mealy American Legion Post. Also, Deirdre Wigmore, Tom’s wife heads up the Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary. So honoring and serving area veterans is for the Wigmores a family matter.

Tom has headed the Cohasset’s Field of Honor® flag display on Memorial Day for nine straight years, and this alone is a huge undertaking. Each year Tom has rounded up sponsors to make the inspirational display possible and organized volunteers to assemble and post the flags.

However, as impressive and memorable as a Field of Honor® display is, Tom’s dedication to honoring veteran’s on Memorial Day runs wider and deeper. Tom has admitted that he has been helping his father with Memorial Day observances “since [he] was a little kid.” Certainly he has contributed his talents and energy to Cohasset Memorial Day observances for decades. With Tom’s support, Memorial Day activities in town have grown from a simple parade to a weeklong schedule of events. The event grows bigger and better with each succeeding year. “Instead of one day,” Tom explained, “they get a whole week—that’s how it should be.” A majestic formation of the Stars and Stripes has become an essential part of Cohasset’s Memorial Day tradition, and Tom has played a central role in bringing area residents together for the Field of Honor® display and the myriad of activities that surround it. As one city resident noted, “Simply put, without Tom Wigmore there would be no Healing Field®.”

In recognition of his decade’s long service to the community, Tom Wigmore has been selected as Cohasset’s Citizen of the Year. This acknowledgement would be appropriate if awarded during any one of many past years, but it is especially fitting this year. While yet a young man of fifty-one, Tom has be diagnosed as suffering from Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. So, just as he has for so many years and in so many ways honored the service of others, it is now time to honor Tom Wigmore for his exceptional service. The Colonial Flag Foundation proudly joins with Tom’s multitude of friends and admirers in praising his selfless service and wishing him and Deirdre, his devoted wife, our best hopes and wishes as they battle this dreaded disease.

Mt Juliet Sponsors 2015

Sponsorship Levels

Division Level – $5000 (75 Flag Kits)

  • Middle Tenn. Electric Customer Care

Regimental Level – $2,500 (50 Flag Kits)

 

Company Level – $500 (10 Flag Kits)

  • JDC Coatings, Inc.
  • American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281
  • Exchange Club of West Wilson County

Platoon Level – $300 (5 Flag Kits)

  • Wilson Bank & Trust

In-Kind

  • CMC Rebar
  • Barry & Nancy Britt
  • Margaret Dixon/Crye-Leike Realtors, Inc.
  • Monica Doll/Crye-Leike Realtors, Inc.
  • City of Mt. Juliet
  • Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

Three Touching Stories from Colonial Flag Foundation Events

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Display of Flags at Cathedral City’s Healing Field® event.

A Soldier Remembered by a Community Far From His Home

Sometimes events blend together perfectly in unexpected ways.  Kathy DeRosa, the mayor of Cathedral City in California’s Riverside County, was touched by events she observed at one of her community’s annual Healing Field® flag displays.

A vacationing couple from out of state drove their motor home down the roadway adjacent to Cathedral City’s Healing Field® flag display and pulled into the parking lot to take a closer look.  They had never visited Cathedral City before and wanted to know why there were thousands of flags posted in the park.  Volunteers from the local Rotary Club explained that each flag displayed honored a soldier killed defending our nation in the Afghanistan or Iraq.  As they talked, they made their way to the stage where names of killed service men and women were being read.

Just as the couple arrived in front of the stage, they heard—at that very moment—their son’s name read.  Mayor DeRosa noted that this was an experience that no one could ever forget, and it was certainly an emotional experience for those parents.  Upon hearing the couple’s story, the volunteers led the couple to the flag posted in honor of their son, and then presented the flag to a mother and father grateful that their son’s sacrifice had been remembered in a community far distant from their home.

It is often said that every flag displayed at a Colonial Flag Foundation event has a story.  This is but the story of one flag that touched the lives of those who became a part of the story.   A posted flag not only honors an individual, but like the concentric rings formed by a pebble thrown into a still pond, they  spread out to touch family, friends so many others.  As Mayor DeRosa described it so aptly, it can become an experience that no one could ever forget.

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Reading the names of those killed defending freedom.

Honoring a Local Soldier Killed Defending Freedom

A Field of Honor® Flag Display does not take place in a vacuum.  Honoring our military killed in the past sometimes collides with the present.  Rotary Club members in Murrieta, California found that out while assembling flags for their annual Field of Honor® event.

When we remember our military men and women killed in World War II, Korea or Vietnam, these are wars of our nation’s history.  The number of our war dead killed in Iraq and Afghanistan is yet growing.  We search to cap a threat that is very real and still presents a serious threat to freedom.

As volunteers at Murrieta’s Town Square Park fixed flags to their white plastic staffs, they were aware that the son of a local family had died serving his country on foreign soil.  As they worked assembled the flags, news arrived that a cortege carrying the casket of the young soldier would soon travel down the street next to the park.  The volunteers grabbed assembled flags and lined both sides of the street before the procession arrived.  The soldier’s family, riding in a car behind the hearse, was comforted to see that their soldier was remembered and honored by their community.  After the solemn motorcade passed, the flags hurriedly moved to the street, were returned to the park and posted as part of the Field of Honor® display.

The next morning as Frank walked through the posted flags, he saw a group surrounding the flag posted to honor the soldier so recently killed.  “It must be friends of the young man,” he thought to himself.  “Certainly the family would not be able to visit he Field of Honor® flags so soon after their son’s body’s return.  He walked over to the posted flag and found the soldier’s parents and close family surround the soldier’s flag.  Frank, was honored that he on behalf of his Rotary Club’s members and Murrieta’s residents, could thank this grieving family for their son’s sacrifice.  This experience was for those present, the core of healing.

 

Cell phone foto Murrieta

A picture a a mother and her children sent to her soldier husband went viral on the internet.

The Impact of a Simple Picture

Frank Donahue, the Co-Chair of Murrieta’s Field of Honor has many memories of his community’s annual event.   One memory sticks out prominently.  Talking with visitors to the field of flags, he encountered a mother visiting the display with her young daughter.  They mentioned that they would like a picture to record their visit, and Frank remembered that he has a cellular phone with a camera.  An early example of this type of phone, Frank worried that the camera would not produce a good a photo as his expensive camera.  Nevertheless, the woman and her daughter posed in front of a grouping of flags and Frank to the picture.

The composition and lighting were just right and Frank proudly offered to email his photo to the woman.   “Could you send it to my husband in Afghanistan,” the woman asked.  Not having known that the woman’s husband was deployed in a war zone, Frank was surprised but readily agreed.  He entered the serviceman’s email address and pressed the send button.  Mother and daughter thanked him and left for home.

Frank was certain that the photograph would be very meaningful to their deployed husband and father; still he was not prepared for the emotion he experienced when the two reappeared a couple of hours later.  They showed Frank that his picture had been posted on a myriad of sites by a proud father.  Frank’s cell phone photo had gone viral.  The simple photograph of a mother and her daughter posed in front of a grouping of U.S. flags had a greater global impact than Frank could have imagined when he released the shutter on his cell phone camera.

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September 20, 2012


The Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles will host the Hayward, Wisconsin – Lac Courte Oreilles Healing Field flag display this summer with a massive display of U.S. Flags and Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Flags at the corner of Highways B & K. The three-by-five foot flags posted in ordered lines on eight-foot white poles will be an awe-inspiring honorary display to pay tribute to the strength of our community while we continue to find common ground.
Please join us and visit this stirring memorial. This is the perfect opportunity for us to come together as a community.

Support your
local Field, Sponsor
it, Own it — Take it
home and continue
the tribute!
Sponsor a US flag &
pick up your flag.
$35
Have your US flag shipped
to your home.
$40
Support your
field through
donations.
In Honor of:

In Honor of:


Support your
local Field, Sponsor
it, Own it — Take it
home and continue
the tribute!
Sponsor a LCO Tribal flag &
pick up your flag.
$35
Ship your LCO Tribal flag
to your home.
$40
Support your
field through
donations.
In Honor of:

In Honor of:


Event Schedule:
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

If you are interested in being part of our Organizing Committee to assist with various sub-committees of Fundraising, Public Relations, Programming for Closing Ceremonies and other important planning and strategizing, please email Kim Lambert at truancyprevention@gmail.com.

Benefiting Charities:
Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles:
Hosted By:
Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles:
Local Organizing Committee:
Kim Lambert – Project Chair
Karen Rougeau – Co-Chair
Don Semler – Committee Member
Linda Graham – Committee Member
Gary Gerber – Committee Member
Craig Olson – Committee Member
Ken Maki – Committee Member
Sally Gagan – Committee Member
Sponsor Programs:
Coming soon.
Thanks To Our Sponsors:
Beehive Botanicals:
Chippewa Valley Bank:
In The News:

Utah Healing Field® 2014

September 10-17 2014

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Join us in this annual tradition!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Field Set Up: Sept 9th – 5:30 pm at Sandy City Parkway (Field Site)
Field Take Down: Sept 18th – 5:30 pm at Sandy City Parkway (Field Site)

CONTACT: MELISSA 801-602-4383 melissa@therealdealgroup.com



South of Sandy City Hall at 10000 South Centennial Parkway Sandy City, Utah

It all began thirteen years ago in Utah, and in 2014 the tradition continues. Over the years the original Healing Field® flag display memorial has spread to communities in forty-five states and the District of Columbia, and each year an annual Utah Healing Field has lead the way. Again this year Homes for Heroes® joins forces with Colonial Flag Foundation to present Utah’s 13th Annual Healing Field flag display to honor and remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Each flag representing a life lost in horrific attacks that America and the world must never forget.

Homes for Heroes stepped forward to Host this year’s event that promises to draw residents from Wasatch Front communities together as adults remember and children learn. A community minded program to make home ownership more affordable for our military, police, firefighters and educators—Homes for Heroes is a perfect partner to join with Colonial Flag Foundation now and in the future.


Join with us by becoming a corporate sponsor or by sponsoring a flag to be flown in the display. There is no charge to visit the Utah Healing Field; come and bring your family and friends to enjoy this inspiring experience.




Benefiting Charities:
Homes for Heroes
Hosted By:
Homes for Heroes
Local Organizing Committee:

photo credit: Sawn Swenson

photo credit: Sawn Swenson

CARPENTERSVILLE, IL | Field of Honor | 2012

September 7-9, 2012 – Carpenter Park (122 Carpenter Blvd.)


The True Patriots Care Foundation is proud to host the 2012 Field of Honor® flag memorial displaying hundreds of flags honoring the first responders killed on 9-11 and the Illinois fallen soldiers since 9-11.
These 3′X5′ flags will stand 8′ tall in perfect rows. This living display of heroism will fly as a temporary patriotic tribute to the strength and unity of Americans.

Please join us and walk this awe inspiring display of flags. This is the perfect opportunity for all of us to unite as a community to remember and honor those who died in this tragic event.


Support your
local Field, Sponsor
it, Own it — Take it
home and continue
the tribute!
Sponsor a flag &
pick up your flag.
$40
Have your flag shipped
to your home.
$46
Support your
field through
donations.
In Honor of:

In Honor of:


Send your sponsored flag to a deployed or wounded soldier, with a photo and a personal message from our Field of Honor flag display through the Operation Thank You Program.
Your flag will be sent to a service man or woman currently serving in harm’s way or recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital or Belvoir Hospital.

Operation
Thank You
$46
In Honor of:


Event Schedule:
CLICK HERE for more information.

Benefiting Charities:
True Patriots care Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township
Hosted By:
True Patriots Care Foundation
Local Organizing Committee:
Project Chair:
Jerry Christopherson
Program Co-Chair:
John Schuldt – Carpentersville Fire Chief
Diane Minger – School District 300
Fundraiser Chair:
Karen Roeckner School District 300
Marketing Co-Chair:
Patricia Szpekowsk – PMS Advertising
Debbie Wodrich – GH Development
Parade Chair:
John Skillman – Deputy Fire Chief Carpentersville
Field Set up:
Ray Reusch Village of Cary
Site Security:
Mark Christopherson – Property Werks
Information Booth Co – Chair:
Linda Christopherson – National Technology
Mary Henk – School District U-46
Sponsor Programs:
Coming Soon.
Thanks To Our Sponsors:
OTTO Engineering:
Revcor
Village of Carpentersville
Dundee Township Park District
In The News:

BUTTE, MT | Field of Honor | 2012

July 26-29, 2012 – Located at Continental Dr. and Mercury Street across from the Belmont Senior Center — visit us on Facebook


The Butte Exchange Club will host the 2nd Annual Butte Field of Honor flag display in July 2012. The Belmont Mine Headframe will again be the backdrop for this awe-inspiring display of one thousand United States flags. These three by five foot flags will fly on eight foot white poles creating a sea of red, white and blue that forms a tribute to our military, our veterans, emergency first responders, personal heroes, and Montana’s victims of child abuse.
You may Sponsor or Buy one or more flags. Sponsored flags are identified with a special tag giving the name of the person honored. At the end of the event tags and sponsored flags are available to be picked up by the sponsor or can be shipped if desired.
Service clubs, businesses, veteran’s organizations, individuals and all other civic groups are encouraged to volunteer and help set up the Field of Honor display. This is the perfect opportunity for your organization to participate in a community wide event. To volunteer please provide your name and phone number. Contact Doug at 406-491-6039 or email him at djrotondi44@gmail.com.
Please join us and walk this awe inspiring display of flags. This is the perfect opportunity for all of us to unite as a community to remember, honor and heal.
Important: Flags can be sponsored and ordered at the site beginning Thursday, July 26th.


Event Schedule:
OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:
July 26 Noon – 8 pm
July 27-28 8 am – 8 pm
July 29 8 am – 4 pm
EVENTS:
Display set-up July 25 Start 11 am
Opening Ceremony July 26 Noon
Children’s Table July 26, 27, 28 Noon to 4 pm
Claim Tags and Flags July 29 2-4 pm
Take down display July 29 Start 4 pm

Benefiting Charities:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte
Butte Rescue Mission
Butte Family YMCA
United Veteran’s Council
Big Sky Honor Flight
Intermountain Children’s Home—Butte Branch
Butte Silver Bow Family Drug Court/Butte Cares
Hosted By:
The Butte Exchange Club
Local Organizing Committee:
Cindi Farrar
Lauren Kippen
Leo Prigge
Lorrie Gages
Pat Cooney
Steve Daniel
Doug Rotondi
Jim Stilwell
Greg Morck
Sponsor Programs:
Diamond $5,000 (32 flags)
Platinum $2,500 (16 flags)
Gold $1,000 (8 flags)
Silver $500 (4 flags)
Copper $250 (2 flags)
(Sponsors may purchase flags for $20 at the close of
the event)
Individual Sponsorship $35
Two or More flags $30
Thanks To Our Sponsors:
Diamond $5,000+
Butte Broadcasting,Inc-KBOW, KPOR, KGLM
Cherry Creek Radio-KMBR, KAAR, KXTL
KXLF TV
ABC& FOX Television
Platinum $2,500+
Daniel Financial Services, inc.
Jordan Contracting
Marquis Vintage Suites
Resodyn
Gold $1,000+
Bentley Construction
Community Counseling & Correctional Service
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Glacier Bank
Insty-Prints
Montana Resources
Optimum Media Services
PPL Montana
Peter and Stephanie Sorini
Town Pump
Silver $500+
Advanced Dermatology, Dixon Robison, M.D.
Butte Subaru
Driscoll & Allen
First Montana Bank
Patrick Foster Agency-State Farm Ins.
Mahugh Fire & Safety
Leo McCarthy Agency- State Farm Ins.
MERDI
Montana Abstract & Title Co.
Northwestern Energy
Pintlar Surgical Specialists-Anaconda
Pioneer Technical Services
Steele’s Warehouse
St James Healthcare Foundation
St James Healthcare
Sullway Construction, Inc.
Summit Valley Title Company
Sun Rental
The Montana Standard
US Bank
Copper $250+
American Federal Savings Bank
Anderson Zurmuehlen
Axelson Alternative Cremation
Bert Mooney Airport
Butte Bowling Association
Butte Copper Company
Butte Plaza Inn
John Chioutsis/Edward Jones Investments
Christie Transfer and Storage
Coca Cola Bottling Butte, MT
Copper City Wireless
Copper Ridge Health & Rehab
Couture With A&A
Daniel Insurance Agency, Inc
Tom & Wendy Downey
Ed Tech Federal Credit Union
First Citizens Bank
Gamer’s Café
Hampton Inn, Butte
Harrington Surgical Supply
Headframe Spirits, Inc.
Jack Hendrickson
Hoffman’s R&M Services
Hollow Construction
Joseph, Vicevich & Whelan, PLLP
Edward Jones Investments/John Kreis
Mark Rule & Company
McGree Trucking
Montana Orthopedic
Montana Tech Foundation
Morris Marketing
Bill and Marissa Newman
Pekin Noodle Parlor
Pizza Hut
Pork Chop John’s
P-TEL Consulting/Janet Shea Sales
Prigge&Otten, CPAs, P.C.
Quarry Brewing
Quilicy Glass
RD’s Travel Stop
Rocky Mountain Ins-John Goldberg
Shea Realtors, PLLC
Skyline Sportsman Association
Terminal Foods
Thompson Family
Thrivent Fianacial, Bruce and Peggy Graving
Uptown Café
Walmart
Wells Fargo
Western States Insurance
Yates Body Shop
Zip Beverage
In The News:
Coming soon.

SPRINGFIELD, OH | Field of Honor | 2012

June 6-14, 2011


The Jackson, Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home will host their 3rd annual Field of Honor flag display on June 6 -14, 2012. Visitors and volunteers from Springfield and the surrounding communities will again experience an awe-inspiring display including hundreds of large U.S. flags atop 8 foot poles in perfect rows on a field of green. This annual event is becoming a Springfield tradition as we honor the veterans who have defended our freedoms.
Please join us and walk this Field of Honor flag display. This is the perfect opportunity for all of us to unite as a community and to remember and honor our local and national heroes.

Sponsored flags will remain on display in the Field of Honor until its conclusion when they will be available for pickup or shipping.


Event Schedule:
TBD.

Benefiting Charities:
VFW Post 1031 (Veteran Medical Transportation)
Honor Flight
Hosted By:
Jackson, Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home.
Local Organizing Committee:
Frank Lewis, Project Chair
Sponsor Programs:
Coming soon.
Thanks To Our Sponsors:
Coming soon.
In The News:

MURFREESBORO, TN | Healing Field | 2012

May 26-28, 2012—Medical Center Parkway and Maple Grove Drive

In May volunteers will gather to post more than a thousand United States flags for Murfreesburo’s 4th Annual Field of Honor display which will again be hosted by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club. This sea of red, white and blue U.S. flags waving in the breeze has become an annual Memorial Day weekend tribute dedicated to our veterans, military and personal heroes. Meaningful for volunteers and visitors alike, this display will be located at Medical Center Parkway and Maple Grove Drive.
Please join us as we walk amid the ordered rows of Old Glory where each full-sized flag waves atop an eight foot white staff in a stirring formation. Standing amid the flags, we remember and reflect in a salute of the living to those who died defending our nation and way of life.
Sponsored flags will be available pick-up at the conclusion of the event on May 28th at 7:00 P.M.

Flags may be purchased at any MidSouth Bank or by calling the information line.


Event Schedule:

Opening Ceremony—Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 AM
Closing Ceremony—Monday, May 28th at 5:00 PM
–Ritchie McDonald will sing at the Closing Ceremony
Flag Retirement Ceremony—Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 PM

Benefiting Charities:
Murfreesboro Exchange Club Family Center.
Hosted By:
Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club.
Local Organizing Committee:
Rebecca Talley—Event Chair
Linda Burt—Volunteer Chair
John Stracener–Treasurer
Katy Riddle—Publicity Chair
David Nipper—Flag Sales Chair
Phil Barkley—Field Chair
Pam Little—Sponsorship Chair
Sponsor Programs:
CLICK HERE for more information.
Thanks To Our Sponsors:
CLICK HERE for more information.
In The News:

GREATER NEWBURYPORT, MA | Field of Honor | 2012

September 7-11, 2012 – Bartlet Mall (Greenleaf St.)


In early September volunteers will gather to post hundreds of United States flags for Greater Newburyport’s 3th Annual Field of Honor which will again be hosted by the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport. This sea of red, white and blue American flags waving in the breeze has become an annual tribute dedicated to our veterans and emergency first responders.
Please join us as we walk amid the ordered rows of Old Glory where each full-sized flag waves atop an eight foot white staff in a stirring formation. Standing amid the flags, we remember and honor those who defend and serve.
To volunteer during the event CLICK HERE.

All flags will remain on display until the end of the event when they will be available for pickup. Spread through our community, these sponsored Field of Honor® flags can then continue to be displayed as tangible reminders of Greater Newburyport Field of Honor®.


Event Schedule:

9/7 FRIDAY – 8:00AM: Posting of Flags
9/9 SUNDAY – 12 NOON: Field of Honor Dedication Program
9/11 TUESDAY – 8:00 AM: Removal of Field
Click here for Event Brochure

Benefiting Charities:
Michael B. Christensen Family Resource Center
Scholarship Fund
Other Ongoing Community Projects
Hosted By:
The Greater Newburyport Exchange Club.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Local Organizing Committee:
Sponsor Programs:
Click here for Sponsorship Levels
Click here for Flag Sponsor Form
Thanks To Our Affiliate Sponsors:
Council on Aging – Newburyport
In The News: