Bringing their 3rd Annual Field of Honor® Flag Display to Lynchburg, Forest’s Rotary Club benefits the City of Seven Hills on multiple levels. The display of 1,000 flags creates the most obvious visible impact, not only for visitors to the field but also for those who drive past along Graves Mill Road.
Response to the scene of red, white & blue of the flags flying on the green clearing attest to the affection Virginians have for their national flag. The display brings organizers, volunteers and area residents together in paying tribute to those who have honored the flag by their service and sacrifice.
The victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the first responders who rushed to their aid deserve to be honored, and those who have risked all to defend and protect us have earned our abiding gratitude.
Field of Honor® flags fly to honor the men and women who have defended our nation around the world. The number of surviving World War II veterans grows smaller each day, and the decades have flown past since our military served on the battlefields of Korea and Vietnam.
In the years since the terrorist attacks of 2001 our military members have waged war against terror in the Middle East. The fall of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center highlighted the sacrifices of first responders who ignored danger in an effort to save others. Heroes honor the flag and it is fitting that the Healing Field® display of the flag should honor them.
The Field of Honor® event provides an added level of benefit for the Lynchburg community by raising funds for local charities. Proceeds not only made the event possible but enabled the Rotary Club of Forest Foundation to support local charities.
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 appreciation by sponsoring a flag or by making a donation.
The panorama of red, white and blue flying in the foothills of the Blue Ridge is hard to adequately describe, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. This is an event not to be missed.
Rotary Club of Forest Foundation
Rotary Club of Forest Foundation
Local Organizing Committee:
Project Chair: Jeff Kraber
Project Co-Chair: Gary Hostutler
Fundraiser Treasurer Chair: Dean Wilson
Public Relations Chair: Linda Dinkle
Program Chair: Bryan Pollard
Volunteer Chair: Shannon Shaw
Field Coordinator Chair: Bob Nuaujelis
Committee Member: Laura Dooley
Committee Member: Laura Tyree
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In The News
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.