October 13, 2021

 

 

A girl stands in a field of American flags.

Kayla Pettengill, a member of Georgetown’s American Heritage Girls Troop 1045, pauses while placing name tags on flags at the Georgetown Rotary Club’s annual Field of Honor on its opening day last year. Sun archive

 

Field of Honor flags a tribute to veterans, first responders

 

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall scheduled


By CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS

The Georgetown Rotary Club will hold its fifth annual Field of Honor from November 6 - 14 at open grounds behind the Georgetown Recreation Center on Chamber Way in Georgetown.

The Field of Honor will display more than 1,500 regular-sized American flags to honor veterans of the

U.S. Armed Forces, as well as first responders of local and state police, fire and EMS services.

Jeanne Cox, who chairs the event, gave a presentation to Williamson County Commissioners Court October 5. Ms. Cox and the Rotary Club host this event annually as a community builder to inspire patriotism, to educate the youth and to exemplify the Rotary Club ideal of “‘service above self,” she said.

In addition to this years’ display of flags, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (also known as the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall) will be displayed at the site as well.

Other additions this year include: 

• a tribute to thirteen U. S. military service members who died during the recent withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan

• a ceremony to honor the Marine Corps League

• a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the First Cavalry Division, U.S. Army

• a patriotic concert from the Central Texas Philharmonic

• a patriots’ barbecue, featuring Tumbleweed Hill performing.

Traveling wall docents will assist visitors to the replica of the Vietnam War Memorial, and accommodations for deaf visitors will also be available, Ms. Cox noted.

The annual events will also include the usual opening ceremonies and parade, Sertoma’s Nathan Chapman Honor Walk and aircraft fly-overs. State Representative Terry Wilson (R, Marble Falls), who is also a retired U.S. Army Colonel, will be the keynote speaker.

Ms. Cox said the Rotary Club expects around 15,000 to 18,000 visitors this year and over 2,200 students conducting virtual field trips.  There is no charge for visitors to the display or for virtual field trips.

The Field of Honor is also a fundraiser for Rotary Club causes, through donations and money collected for flags displayed. This year’s beneficiaries of funds raised will include The Birdwell Foundation, the Chris Kelley Foundation, the Dilworth Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars, Heroes Night Out. Merit recipients include Veterans Suicide Prevention Network and Rally Point Outdoors.