Military & Vets Honored With Moving Display of 1,000 American Flags in Virginia Exhibit

by Michael Freeman
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Similar to another 9/11 tribute in Madison, Connecticut, a town in Virginia wants to honor the military and veterans. The town’s “Field of Honor” currently flies 1,000 flags to honor those who serve.

Lynchburg, Virginia’s field is located on Graves Mill Road and means a great deal to residents and veterans. Steve Coleman, a 76-year-old army veteran, told WSLS 10 about how he appreciates the gesture.

“It’s not just the flags out there, it’s the meaning behind it. It’s basically saying, ‘thank you’ to every one of these individuals on the tags.”

The Rotary Club of Forest organized the display, with this being the “Field of Honor’s” fourth year. Each flag in the field has a tag you can sponsor. Proceeds go to local organizations, such as food banks and veterans’ groups.

Laura Tyree, charter member of the Rotary Club of Forest, is proud of what they’re doing this year. “It’s a very emotional event for us, being able to put up all of these flags and having them honor so many different people; from healthcare to first responders, veterans, and active military.”

For this year’s event, 13 flags are also sponsored for the troops killed in August while the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan. Tyree notes it was the least they could do given their sacrifice to protect our country.

You can visit the “Field of Honor” until September 18. The Rotary Club of Forest will also be hosting a special ceremony at the field on September 11. As one might expect, it is to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The event begins at 8:30 a.m.

Army Veteran Marched For Two Days To Honor Military Members Killed In Afghanistan

A 25-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Anthony DiLizia, marched for two days across Connecticut to honor the 13 soldiers lost in the recent Kabul Airport attack.

DiLizia’s journey took him more than 70 miles. He hoped to draw attention to his cause and raise money for the families of fallen soldiers. Speaking to Patch last week, DiLizia expanded on why he was making the trek.

“I’m doing this march across the state because of this one thing that connects all of us branches. We all do marches so it’s something that we can all relate to. We’re just trying to get people to donate to show the world what Connecticut is capable of when we rally behind a good cause such as this.”

The veteran chose Enfield as his starting point. Not only is it the most northern part of the state, but there’s a memorial there. Serving two tours of duty himself, DiLizia’s efforts to honor his fallen comrades is as symbolic as it is heartfelt.

So far, the charity has raised just over $7,000. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can visit their website and support them there.