Field of Honor display created for for veterans and first responders

Published: Sep. 2, 2018 at 10:44 PM EDT
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In Lynchburg, a thousand flags -- for a thousand heroes. The opening ceremony was located at Automated Conveyor Systems.

On Saturday, members of The Rotary Club of Forest put up 1,000 flags to represent those who have fought for our country.

"We are hoping that this is going to give attention to the patriotism, the service above self, of all of our first responders. We want to honor them and have people think about them. They put their life on the line everyday," Shannon Shaw, Rotary Club of Forest President, said.

Sunday marked the official ceremony to recognize the new display. Audience members heard from several speakers--among them was a retired senior ranking official of the U.S. Air Force.

"I thought it was a great showing, and I think it was wonderful that people are here taking time to pay tribute to all of our military and our law enforcement and first responders," David Young, the Military Representative and retired U.S. Air Force ranking official, said.

Each flag honors or remembers someone who served our country.

"They signed a contract of unlimited liability. Very few professions do that and each one of the flags here represents someone who filled that contract by giving their life," Young added.

There is no charge to visit the Field of Honor display. The flags will be up until September 15th and surviving heroes can then take the flags home with them.