Volunteers erected a field of flags on the corner of East Division Street and N. Mt. Juliet Road on Friday morning for the opening ceremony of Mt. Juliet’s first Field of Honor flag display.
The Exchange Club of West Wilson County, American Legion Post 281 and Vietnam Veterans of America 1004 were responsible for the event, along with the weekend-long display. Each full-sized flag waved from an 8-foot pole standing in formation in the field.
The event’s website said the purpose of the display, “standing amid the flags, we honor and reflect, and salute those who have influenced our lives, serve, defend and sacrifice to preserve our nation and way of life.”
Veterans, serving military and civilians from the Wilson County area gathered at the event Friday morning to celebrate the meaning of the flag, "Old Glory," and honor those who have served, those who still serve and those who lost their lives serving and defending the U.S.
Those who attended were able to sponsor flags flying in the field, allowing them to keep the flag after the closing ceremony Sunday. Many sponsored flags for fallen soldiers whose names were then placed on memorial cards attached to the flag.
Speakers at the event included City Manager Kenny Martin, as well as Mayor Ed Hagerty, who thanked the organizing committee and went on to declare Friday as Flag of Honor Day in Mt. Juliet.
Nancy Britt, project chair of the event, thanked the community for coming to the event to support the mission of the display. Pastor David Shannon of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ closed the event with a prayer over the city, the country and thankfulness for what the field of flags represented.
The closing ceremony for the field of flags event will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at which time those who sponsored a flag will be given one to keep.