The Wilson County Mayor’s Office is proud to announce that the Field of Flags will be held at the fairgrounds during July 1st-4th. The event will take place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN.
The name of the event describes exactly what it is: a large rectangular field which displays hundreds of United States flags. The public is invited to attend, walk through the flags and read the personalized tags that are attached to them. While this event sounds simple enough, it has a deeply meaningful purpose. The Field of Flags, established by veterans, is a tribute to the men and women who have served our nation. The event gives us an opportunity to honor and remember the brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms, as well as those who are serving and protecting our nation today.
This event is a veteran fund raiser for the Veteran Service Organizations (V.S.O.s) in Lebanon and in Wilson County, Tennessee. Participants may contribute by adopting or fostering a flag. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5015, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004, and the Associates Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004, inc. Contributions from the Field of Flags will also go to assist veterans with rent, electric bills, food, and other needs.
The schedule of events are as follows:
- Flag display opens at 1:00p.m. on 01 July
- Opening Ceremonies 10:00a.m. on 02 July
- Closing Ceremonies will be 3:30p.m. on 04 July
The American flag may have changed throughout the years, but its core elements have remained the same. In 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the United States, which said: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Just as the white stars on the blue background represent a new constellation, each component of “Old Glory” has its own significance. Red was chosen because it represents hardiness, valor, courage, and readiness to sacrifice. The color white stands for purity and innocence. Pure, because we are independent from other countries and hold true to our ideals. Blue signifies justice for all, as well as vigilance and perseverance. “The American flag not only symbolizes our nation, but also our citizens, dreams, and values. The Field of Flags is a great way to support local veterans! I encourage everyone to stop by the fairgrounds and observe the hundreds of awe-inspiring flags during the 4th of July weekend.”– Randall Hutto, Wilson County Mayor
Visit their website at https://rally-project.com/the-field-of-flags for details.