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Wilmington, NC 2020 – Wheel of Honor®

May 16July 4

1960 Amphitheater Dr Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC Wheel of Honor® 2020

A Field of Honor® Flag Display Program

May 16-July 4, 2020
Rotary Wheel Garden at Greenfield Park, 1960 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington NC

What the “Wheel of Honor” is: Since 1965, Wilmington’s Rotary Wheel Garden has been the world’s largest Rotary symbol. The gear wheel represents the world-wide Rotary International movement, which encourages “Service Above Self.”


The six spokes of Wilmington’s giant Rotary wheel radiate outward to represent an outward distribution path of Rotary’s ideals of service . . . going outward toward the community vocations and businesses that Rotary members represent. With a diameter of 240 feet, the Rotary Wheel Garden is visible from passenger planes approaching nearby Wilmington International Airport. For the seven weeks from Armed Forces Day to Independence Day, the wheel will be transformed into a beautiful, unique display.


The Rotary Wheel Garden at Greenfield Park will provide the inspirational setting for the Wilmington Rotary Club’s inaugural Field of Honor®, posting hundreds of U.S. flags in tribute to military, veterans, first responders and others.


Wheel of Honor

The Wilmington Rotary Club’s inaugural Wheel of Honor® – Field of Honor® – display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, corporate sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation.

This is an experience hard to describe, but not to be forgotten. We invite all to visit the Wilmington Wheel of Honor® display and walk with us among the posted flags. The display is open to all without charge. Don’t miss it!


A dedication ceremony will officially open the 2020 display of the Wheel of Honor® at 11:00 am on May 16, 2020, Armed Forces Day. At 5:30 pm on May 19, 2020, the first Tuesday following the installation of flags in the Wheel of Honor®, the Wilmington Rotary Club, its guests and corporate sponsors will gather at the Rotary Wheel Garden at Greenfield Park to commemorate the club’s first “Celebration of Service,” highlighting Rotary’s numerous local, regional, and international service projects and activities including the Wheel of Honor®, maintenance assistance for the Rotary Wheel Garden, support for students and teachers at Williston Middle School, joining with other Rotary Clubs in a world-wide effort to eradicate polio, funding research for cures for Alzheimer’s disease, providing books and volunteer readers for children in New Hanover County’s elementary schools, supporting literacy efforts, providing scholarships for students attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, support for the N.C. Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw, supporting local non-profits and free local health-screening clinics, giving special recognition of outstanding teachers in their first two years of teaching to encourage their persistence in the profession, providing wells for safe drinking water and disease prevention training for villages in developing countries, development of leadership skills among high school students, honoring Rotarian veterans who continue serving their community in the annual Veterans Day parade in Wilmington, and other community service activities while also celebrating the greatness of our area, state, and  nation, and to express deep appreciation for the invaluable roles special heroes play in our lives.


Admission to the Wheel of Honor® will be free of charge. Families, friends, civic and professional groups, locals and visitors alike are encouraged to visit the Wheel of Honor®, have a picnic in the Rotary Garden or other parts of Greenfield Park, and walk through the breathtaking panorama of over 500 U. S. flags. The Wilmington Rotary Club encourages development of other special events around the Wheel of Honor® the grounds of Greenfield Park or  by civic groups, Scout troops, veterans groups, and a wide range of other professional and civic organizations, consistent with the guidelines of the City of Wilmington. For information and application for use of the area around the Wheel of Honor® the grounds of Greenfield Park or for special events, contact Dave Pugh, City of Wilmington, 910-343-3614.


Benefiting Charity:

Rotary Club of Downtown Wilmington Foundation


Hosted By:

The Wilmington Rotary Club


Local Organizing Committee:

Project Chair: Matt Pugliese
Fundraiser Treasurer Chair: Larry Sackett
Public Relations Chair: Bradley Donnell
Volunteer Chair: Sean Parish
Field Coordinator Chair: Terry Smith
Rotary Club President: Eric McKeithan

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Greenfield Park
1960 Amphitheater Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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