HERMITAGE – Throughout Veterans Day weekend, 1,000 American flags will cover Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as a part of a Field of Honor display to pay tribute to the men and women who have served or are now serving in the U.S. military.
The Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage organized the event in conjunction with the Colonial Flag Foundation and the Hermitage.
The Field of Honor will take place from Friday at 9 a.m. through Monday. A dedication ceremony will take place Friday at 2 p.m. with master of ceremonies Rhori Johnston, Emmy award-winning journalist, and keynote speaker Col. Keith Allbritten, wing commander at the 118th Wing at Berry Field Air National Guard Base. A fireworks show with patriotic music will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. The Field of Honor display will conclude Monday at 1 p.m. with a closing ceremony.
“The Field of Honor is hard to describe but easy to be felt when you see it in person,” said Desha L. Hearn, president of the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage. “The 1,000 3-by-5-foot American flags are placed in honor or memory of American veterans who have sacrificed or are sacrificing for our country. Our Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage is proud to present this moving tribute on the grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Thanks to our sponsors, the field is free and open to the public.”
“The Hermitage is honored to host this amazing display of American flags for the third year. As the only presidential site to host a Field of Honor, we feel extremely proud that our grounds can serve as the site of such a spectacular tribute to the brave men and women who serve – and have served – in our nation’s military,” said Howard J. Kittell, Andrew Jackson Foundation president and CEO.
Flags for the display may be sponsored for $30. After the event concludes, sponsors will be able to take their flags to their homes or businesses to fly.
The Hermitage offers free admission to active-duty military and half-price admission to veterans. All veterans will receive free admission Saturday through Monday to the Hermitage.
All proceeds raised through the Field of Honor display benefit REBOOT Combat Recovery, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Family Center, Nashville USO, Youth Villages and Volunteers of America, among others. For more information, visit healingfield.org/hermitage18.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, the Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. The Hermitage is currently a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as on the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of the 228,157 visitors in 2018. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.