Field of Honor is tribute to veteransA sea of 250 or more full-size American flags will be visible from dusk until dawn from May 28 through Memorial Day at Bay Point Park.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
A sea of 250 or more full-size American flags will be visible from dusk until dawn from May 28 through Memorial Day at Bay Point Park.
The Field of Honor is a visual tribute to veterans, said Robin Wipperling, who is coordinating the event for the third year.
"Each flag is a visible reminder of all who have dedicated their service to the country," Wipperling said. "When you see all those flags, you're reminded that freedom is not free."
The Red Wing Area Senior Center program director said she was inspired to bring the Field of Honor to Red Wing after seeing one in Mazeppa.
"It took my breath away," Wipperling said.
Individuals or businesses can pay $25 to donate a flag in honor or memory of a soldier.
People will have the opportunity to place the flag in the grassy field as their soldier's name is read out loud. Each flag will be identified with a laminated card honoring or memorializing a veteran,
The public is free to walk through the field. Flags will be dedicated on May 28 and remain on display through May 31; that ceremony will include patriotic music and speeches. There will be around-the-clock security at the park.
Proceeds from flag sales will help support programs for veterans at the senior center. Call (651) 267-3599 to honor a soldier.