Murrieta Rotary’s awe-inspiring, emotion-filled patriotic event, the Field of Honor, flies for the 7th year Nov. 8 – 14, when hundreds of folks from the region recognize their personal heroes with a flag. More than 2,000 full-sized American flags will be set up in perfect rows and columns for the week-long event that also features a number of other activities.
It’s a week to pay honor and express thanks. And it’s also a time to educate — visitors to the Field gain knowledge about American history. We learn about our country’s flags, its highest military honor, its war dead.
The Rotary club, a local group of some 50 active members, started the project in 2009 as a community service to honor those who have been heroes in our lives. Many are military veterans and first-responders, but more also are grandparents, favorite teachers and even some organizations, whomever a sponsor wishes to recognize. Rotary is flying 2,014 flags this fall, which will fill much of the park located in the civic hub of the city, surrounded by city hall, the police station, library and senior center.
Flags can be sponsored for $35. The sponsor may place the name of the honoree on a yellow ribbon attached to the flag along with two lines of information about the hero. At week’s end, sponsors may claim the flags, their ribbons and the poles on which they’ve flown. Flags also can be mailed to sponsors for an additional fee.
Artists from the region are invited to create patriotic images with chalk during the event. This feature of the Field of Honor started in 2012 to complement the overall impact of the mass display of flags. Works of 20 artists were featured in 2013.
Artists will be painting Nov. 8 & 9, and their creations will be on display all week. Prizes will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents the theme. The best work by a young artist also will be rewarded. The artists will name their favorite, and the viewing public will select the people’s choice.
There is no entry fee, but advance registration is required by Oct. 28, 2014. Click here for full details and an application. Some chalk painting tips are also provided here.
Kids also are invited to try their hand at chalk painting. They may paint on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to dusk. No pre-registration is taken for youngsters.
Three special sections will be part of the Field:
- The Local Heroes field honors the more than 100 men and women from the region who have died in the line of duty fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.
- Another section recognizes Californians who have received the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest military decoration that is awarded for life- saving acts during war.
- And the 27 versions of the stars and stripes that have officially flown over the country since the first one authorized by Congress in 1777 also are displayed along with a half dozen other familiar flags in the country’s past that were never approved.
Any proceeds from the event go to completion of the club’s Murrieta Through Time historical monuments at the park, a collection of eight images illustrating significant periods in Murrieta’s past. Artistic renderings have been developed and one or more are to be installed over the next year.
A portion also goes to the city’s Veterans Memorial project, also at Town Square Park.
Visiting hours for the Field of Honor are noon to dusk Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. to dusk the rest of the week.
Volunteers, individuals or groups, are welcome. Tasks include:
Setting up the field – Nov. 8, morning
Chalk walk setup – Nov. 7, afternoon; Nov. 8, afternoon; Nov. 9, all day
Staffing the information booth – all week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Docents who guide visitors to their flags – all week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Taking the field down – Nov. 16, morning
To volunteer contact:
Adelle Lynton at 951-719-6136 or