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
-- A moving tribute of honor, patriotism and celebration is set to make its way
to Seguin this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
says Seguin's hosting of a Field of Honor goes beyond just recognizing veterans
and active military and encourages everyone to buy a flag.
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.
proceeds from the event will go to support the SS American Memorial here in
Seguin. Flags can be purchased at www.healingfield.org/seguin19/.
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.
flags can be purchased now through the end of May.