Seguin to host Field of Honor event this summer
Posted on 3/12/2019 4:49:00 PM.

 

Get ready to witness a sea of American Flags this summer. A Field of Honor event held last year in Nixon has prompted the hosting of a similar event here in Seguin. Courtesy photo
 
(Seguin) -- A moving tribute of honor, patriotism and celebration is set to make its way to Seguin this summer.

Thanks to a group of veterans and supporters, Seguin will be the host site for the state's only scheduled Field of Honor event in 2019. Like the Healing Field established after the 911 terrorist attacks on America, the Field of Honor is the Colonial Flag Foundation's continued effort to remember and honor the sacrifices and heroism that go into celebrating America.

Connie Ramirez serves as the chairwoman for Seguin's new chapter of Field of Honor. Ramirez says the inspiration to bring the visual display of American flags to Seguin followed a visit to a similar event last year. She says since then, the group has been working hard to make this happen for the local community.

"We attended a Field of Honor in Nixon during Veterans Day. I had purchased a flag for my daughter. She is active duty Marine so we went over there to the ceremony that they had in Nixon and we just found it to be very inspiring, very humbling, just a very emotional place to be when you are actually in the presence of that many American flags knowing what they symbolize, what they represent. So, we started talking and saying that this would be excellent to have here in Seguin and now, here we are in the middle of it trying to make it come to life here in Seguin. We actually fall under the 501c3 number of the Colonial Flag Foundation. That's the umbrella that we are under and we had to do a fundraiser which we did it not even in two weeks. We had tickets printed up. We did the barbecue fundraiser and we raised the money to pay for our licensing and registration to the Colonial Flag Foundation and then we started meeting with the different veterans groups here in Seguin. They are very supportive and very excited about the Field of Honor coming to Seguin," said Ramirez.

Also attending that event in Nixon was Chris Aviles, an army veteran and member of the Seguin City Council. Aviles says he and Ramirez, who both attended school in Nixon, said they wanted to bring a piece of that celebration to their now home here in Seguin. Aviles says immediately following the event, he and Ramirez plus others began meeting and planning for what he describes as a memorable tribute to all American heroes. 

"The event will be a seven day event. There will be an opening and closing ceremony and during the flying of the flags, we will have them illuminated per regulation. We will have security guarding the display and we are going to have guest speakers, national anthem -- there will be a whole program for the opening and closing ceremony. The gist of it will be the actual display which will be for seven days and the harmonious part of it will be at dusk of everyday and taps will be played in remembrance of those who we lost," said Aviles.

 
 
 
 

Aviles says each year, there is only a few select cities that host the event. He says this year, it appears as though Seguin will be the only city in the state of Texas to plant the hundreds if not thousands of flags throughout an open field at Faith Lutheran Church located along State Highway 123 Bypass.

Ramirez says sponsorships or the purchase of flags are now being accepted. She says the group is looking to purchase as many flags as possible in hopes of continuing a tradition that was rooted across the country nearly 18 years ago.

"The Colonial Flag Foundation started this after 911 attacks. There was so much hurt and tragedy that happened that day that they noticed the first positive  thing that came out of the 911 attack was the American Flag. So, they wanted to start a healing process. So, Francis Hopkinson is the founder and he kind of started the whole thing with flags and so they ended up erecting 3,000 flags for each of the people that were killed in that tragedy and this is the place where the family members could go and remember (and) grieve over the loss of their loved ones and so it started building from there. Now, they have two different kinds of fields. They have a Healing Field and then they have a Field of Honor," said Ramirez.    

Ramirez says Seguin's hosting of a Field of Honor goes beyond just recognizing veterans and active military and encourages everyone to buy a flag.

"We chose the Field of Honor here in Seguin. It's for veterans and for first responders and then can purchase a flag for $30 in memory of or in honor of someone who was in the armed services or someone that is a first responder. The flag is a 3x5 standard American flag. It will be erected on a 7 and a half foot pole. So, these are large, tall flags and we are looking at selling between 1,000 to 1,500 flags. We will have closing ceremonies where anyone that purchased a flag can go and pick up their flag or if they are from out-of-town, we can ship the flag to them," said Ramirez.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the SS American Memorial here in Seguin. Flags can be purchased at www.healingfield.org/seguin19/.

Also in celebration, Seguin Mayor Don Keil also recently designated June 29-July 6, 2019 as “A Time to be Thankful for Those Who Serve” in the City of Seguin. Keil encourages citizens to honor, respect and support veterans and first responders from all conflicts during this period of tribute and throughout the year.

 
 
 
The flags can be purchased now through the end of May.

 

 





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