November 2, 2022


Field of Honor event schedule

 

November 5

8 a.m. – Sertoma’s Nathan Chapman Honor Walk

9:30 a.m. – Escorted arrival of the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Exhibit 

12 p.m. – Marine Corps League birthday cake cutting ceremony, food trucks, Almost Austin Band

 

November 6

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Static displays and Sheriff’s Office K9 demos, flyovers, Parade of Colors

1:30 p.m. – Opening ceremony, with keynote speaker Major General Thomas Suelzer and the 36th Infantry Band of the Texas National Guard

 

November 8

11:30 a.m. – Georgetown Chamber of Commerce business networking lunch

 

November 11

11 a.m. – Veterans Day Ceremony, with keynote speaker General Jim Huggins, a Falcon Flight flyover, the CTX Community Band and the Sun City Sassy Ladies 

5:30 p.m. – Patriot’s Celebration BBQ Patriot of the Year presentation 

 

November 12

10 a.m. – Honor Flight Austin reunion brunch

 

November 13

5:30 p.m. – Central Texas Philharmonic Patriotic Concert

 

Field of Honor will open this weekend

Supports veterans, area nonprofits

The Field of Honor will open this weekend, after setup and associated events Saturday, November 5. Opening ceremonies are set for Sunday, November 6. 

The veterans appreciation event is a program organized by the Georgetown Rotary Club. Launched in 2017, the event is six years running and this year will include special happenings from November 5-13. 

The program revolves around an American flag display on the San Gabriel Park lawn. Each of more than 1,500 flags represents a veteran or first responder. 

Williamson County Commissioners in October heard an update about the annual event.

“Our mission is to honor and benefit our heroes past and present, active and reserve duty and our first responders,” said Jeanne Cox, who brought the idea to Georgetown and also made the presentation to commissioners court. “We also [want] to inspire patriotism. We need a big dose of that in our country right now.”

This year, the event will feature a special exhibit. The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 “Never Forget” mobile exhibit will be making its way to Georgetown and will be on display all week. It arrives November 5, following the Sertoma Club’s Nathan Chapman Honor Walk and will have an escort from area police and fire departments as well as the Patriot Guard. The escort will travel through downtown Georgetown to the park. 

The traveling exhibit spans 1,100 square feet. Firefighters who served New York during the September 11 attacks will be available to give tours of the exhibit and to speak on the tragedy. 

The Rotary Club will once again welcome over 1,000 eighth graders from the area back to the event to learn. 

“[A goal of ours is to] help educate youth,” Ms. Cox said. “They’re going to get to come onto the field and learn about our country, our flag, and our history.”

She said they are partnering with the Williamson Museum to teach students about the American Revolution. Students can also listen to a panel of veterans and first responders.

She said the Rotary Club works with almost 100 organizations to bring the event together and present it to the community. The Field of Honor is also acts as a fundraiser. Over $170,000 has been given from event proceeds to organizations benefiting veterans and first responders. This year’s beneficiaries include Wilco Blue Star Mothers, OP Veterans and ROCK.  

Opportunities to volunteer with the Field of Honor can be found on the event’s website. Flags are available to purchase for $45 online as well. 

At the end of the event, purchased flags can be picked up to take home. 

“After 6 years it still gives me chills … to walk on the field,” Ms. Cox said. “I hope everyone has the opportunity to do so.”