Murrieta’s 11th annual Field of Honor pays tribute to those who serve

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U.S. Army veteran James Ott smiles after placing his American flag in the Murrieta Field of Honor. Shane Gibson photo

The Murrieta Field of Honor, paying tribute to heroes – those who served or are serving in the United States military, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts, plus personal heroes – opened to the public Saturday, Nov. 9.

More than 2,000 3-foot by 5-foot American flags are on display at Murrieta’s Town Square Park, all recognizing those who served along with personal heroes. The field features sections for Medal of Honor recipients, local heroes who have given their lives for this country since 2003, historical flags, a flag dedicated to those who perished in 9/11, state flags and a patriotic chalk walk.

Presented as a community service by the Rotary Club of Murrieta in partnership with the city of Murrieta, this year’s Field of Honor honored first responders, including Murrieta Fire and Rescue and police departments in the opening ceremonies, held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. A Military Family Resource Expo was also held that day and activities are scheduled throughout the week to underscore the importance and sacrifices made by those who serve.

“Everyone has the opportunity to honor a veteran, those currently serving or for past service, loved ones or personal heroes, by flying a flag in the Field of Honor,” event coordinator Jann Gentry said. “Each purchased flag is tagged with the name and rank, service or other designation.”

New for 2019, the Patriots Ball, which concludes the weeklong commemoration, will be held at the Pechanga Resort Casino, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., featuring dinner, music and dancing plus attractive live and silent auctions. The public is invited to this special event and additional information and tickets are available at www.MurrietaRotaryClub.org/Patriots-Ball-2019.

“Murrieta Rotary is so honored to present this spectacular event as a gift to our Southwest Riverside community,” Jacqui Dobens, 2019-2020 president of the Rotary Club, said. “And we are especially thankful for our Field of Honor/Patriots Ball sponsors who not only make this event possible but also make it possible for Rotary to fund many significant projects throughout the year. Flag sponsors contribute to this as well.”

Most Town Square Park events and the display are free and open to all.

The Field of Honor, which is open to the public, will be available for viewing through Nov. 16.

Proceeds from the 2019 Field of Honor will benefit the “Murrieta Through Time” history walk, the city’s Veterans Memorial, both at Town Square Park and community projects like the club’s partnership with the Murrieta Fire and Rescue Department to bring life-saving PulsePoint to the city, teacher grants, scholarships, speech and music contests and more, all funded by the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation. Nonprofit groups affiliated with the Field of Honor who sell flags will receive $10 for each flag sold.

For more information on the Murrieta Field of Honor, visit www.murrietarotaryclub.org.

City News Service and Murrieta Rotary Club contributed to this article.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.