Traffic traveling along Graves Mill Road will see an explosion of red, white & blue beginning on August 29th as the Rotary Club of Forest posts 700 United States flags on the grassy field in front of the Automated Conveyor Systems building and next to Bausch and Lomb’s facility. This striking display of the Stars & Stripes brings Lynchburg’s 3rd Annual Field of Honor® event to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is again hosted by the Rotary Club of Forest. Last year’s inaugural display brought organizers, volunteers and community visitors together in tribute to our Health Care Heroes, the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, first responders who rushed to their aid, and the military & veterans who before and since the beginning of the war against terror have risked all to defend and protect us.
Field of Honor® flags fly to honor the men and women who have and are defending our nation around the world. The number of surviving World War II veterans grows smaller each day, and the decades have multiplied since our military served on the battlefields of Korea and Vietnam. In the years since the terrorist attacks of 2001 our military members have fought in the Middle East. With the fall of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, highlighted the sacrifices of first responders reminding us that they too place themselves in harm’s way to also protect us. All these heroes honored the flag and it is fitting that the display of the flag should honor them. It is time to show our appreciation.
At the close of the event, sponsors will retain the flags they dedicated to honor individuals. The Lynchburg display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation.
The panorama of red, white and blue is hard to adequately describe, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. This is especially true as the flags will fly in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is an event not to be missed.
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FOREST, Va. – The Forest Rotary Club brought back its Field of Honor event along Graves Mill Road near Lynchburg, , helping the community heal and saying, “Thank you.”
There’s 1,200 American flags spread out on the healing field.
Live from the Field of Honor at ACS on Graves Mill Road: Gary Hostutler with the Rotary Club of Forest joined the program to talk about how the field is going this year as well as looking ahead to next year. He also shares some moving and heartwarming moments they have experienced while honoring the heroes at the Field of Honor
People are encouraged to pull over, stop and pay their tributes.
The flags are made possible through donations and sponsorships of local organizations, as well as family members of the first responders and veterans.
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Rotary Club in Forest set up the Field of Honor to recognize the sacrifices made by first responders and service members from World War I through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Field of Honor is coming back to Lynchburg this September.
The Rotary Club of Forest is holding this for the second year.
They’re putting the arrangement of 12-hundred US flags at Automated Conveyor Systems on Graves Mill Road.
Last year the Rotary Club helped support numerous first responders and veterans organizations with the funds from the field.
They’re taking flag sponsorships right now– $42 for a single flag in someone’s honor.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – In Lynchburg, a thousand flags — for a thousand heroes. The opening ceremony was located at Automated Conveyor Systems.
“We are hoping that this is going to give attention to the patriotism, the service above self, of all of our first responders. We want to honor them and have people think about them. They put their life on the line everyday,” Shannon Shaw, Rotary Club of Forest President, said.
The Rotary Club of Forest used the Labor Day weekend to recognize the military, veterans, law enforcement, EMTs, and other first responders with a field of 1,000 American flags.
Nearly 200 people turned out to see the flags, which were planted Saturday and will remain in place until Sept. 15 off of Graves Mill Road.
Though the corresponding event to unveil the Field of Honor had more overtones of Memorial Day than Labor Day, Rotary Club President Shannon Shaw said September was chosen to remember the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
When: August 29th through September 11th
Where: Graves Mill Road in front of Automated Conveyor Systems
Flag pickup 9/11 from 9:00am until 6:00pm in the Pavilion
Rotary Club of Forest Foundation
Rotary Club of Forest Foundation
Local Organizing Committee:
Project Chair: Gary Hostutler
Field coordinator: Renae Adrian
Public Relations: Laura Dooley and Laura Tyree
Treasurer: Debbie Cebry