Set among 2,014 full-sized American flags, the Murrieta Field of Honor will fly for the sixth consecutive year in Murrieta’s Town Square Park from Nov. 9 – 15. Committed to recognizing heroes — those who served or are serving in the United States armed forces, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts, and other personal heroes — the field will also offer spectacular patriotic entertainment at no charge to the public.
The Field of Honor is presented as a community service by the Rotary Club of Murrieta in partnership with the City of Murrieta and is held in the park, located just two blocks off of I-15, and stretching from city hall at Jefferson and Kalmia streets, to the Library.
As the flags are being placed in perfect rows in the park on Saturday, Nov. 8, dozens of chalk artists will be creating patriotic works of art on the sidewalks surrounding the park. In addition to the 2,014 American flags, Rotary members and other volunteers will create a section of historic American flags, one area for Medal of Honor recipients from California, and yet another honoring Local Heroes, those who have died while serving in conflicts since 2002.
Area businesses and individuals have joined in sponsoring the Field of Honor events and displays. In addition, individuals may purchase flags and designate them in honor of their heroes to fly among the 2,014 during the week.
Singer/songwriter Joanna Pearl will provide the entertainment for opening day ceremonies starting at for 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. The day will honor first responders with a joint Murrieta police and fire honor guard presenting the colors. A full week of activities will follow, highlighted by a Patriots’ Ball on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the nearby Community Center.
“Everyone has the opportunity to honor a veteran, those currently serving, loved ones or personal heroes by flying a flag in the Field of Honor,” said Bob Bryant, chairman of the Rotary Club’s Field of Honor organizing committee. “Each purchased flag will be tagged with the name and rank, service or other designation. At the end of the week, flags may be picked up by those who purchase them.”
Each American flag is three-by-five feet on an eight-foot pole and can be purchased for $35. They can be purchased on the Field of Honor website, www.murrietafieldofhonor.com, from nonprofit affiliates or by going to the Field of Honor during the week it is on display. Flags from previous years can be reposted starting Nov. 9 for a $10 charge. Flag purchasers can pick up their flags after the closing ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 15, and on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Net proceeds from the 2014 Field of Honor will benefit the “Murrieta Through Time” history walk, the City’s Veterans Memorial, both at Town Square Park, and other community projects funded by the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation. Nonprofit groups affiliated with the Field of Honor to sell flags will receive $10 for each flag sold.
Furthering the Field of Honor’s educational benefits, all Murrieta Valley Unified School District fifth grade classes will visit the Field during the week of Nov. 10, hear explanations about the displays, and complete class assignments.
Events during the week include:
Sat. Nov. 8 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Chalk artists developing patriotic images
Sun. Nov. 9 – 1 p.m. Opening Ceremonies, honoring first responders; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Chalk artists developing patriotic images
Mon. Nov. 10 – Noon, Rotary Veterans Luncheon (by invitation); 2 p.m. U.S. Marines 239th birthday celebration
Tues. Nov 11 – 10 a.m. City of Murrieta’s Veterans Day Parade, concluding at Town Square Park
Wed. Nov. 12 – 6 p.m. Candlelight Ceremony features choirs from the Murrieta middle schools and a reading of “Letters from War” by the Actors Forum
Sat. Nov. 15 – 2 p.m. Closing Ceremony; 6 p.m. Patriots Ball (Tickets available at $65 apiece, call 951-698-7766).