A grassy one-acre field in the heart of Mt. Juliet turned into a sea of red, white and blue at the second annual Flags of Honor display Friday.
At the corner of East Division Street and North Mt. Juliet Road, 759 flags are on display in perfect rows of 10 in an “awe-inspiring tribute to honor those men and women who sacrifice their time, talents, some even their lives, for freedom and this great land,” said Project Chair Nancy Britt. “This year we encouraged flags to fly for anyone who should be honored or remembered.”
People purchased a flag for $30 and tied on a yellow ribbon with their honoree’s name on a white tag. As of Friday, 379 flags had been purchased, said Britt. The display will last until Sunday afternoon, when those who purchased can pick up their flag and display at their favorite place henceforth.
Britt is a member of the Exchange Club of West Wilson County, a charitable organization that partnered with the American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 to present the display in Mt. Juliet. Saturday the display coincides with national Flag Day.
Britt said that while this is Mt. Juliet’s second annual Flags of Honor celebration, there are countless such displays across the United States as a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks on American soil.
“They started out as healing fields of flags,” she said. “Most are held on July 4 and Memorial Day. We are unusual in our timing.”
Britt said Murfreesboro has participated for six years and Jackson for four years.
“It is a beautiful, patriotic, Americana look,” she said. “It is a lot of red, white and blue.”
A closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.