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Field of Honor project sells flags to honor veterans

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
April 20, 2010 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2010 at 11:21 p.m.


IF YOU GO

When: Flags will be posted during a ceremony May 15 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be a dedication of the field with troops present May 21 at 3 p.m.

Cost: 3-foot by 5-foot flags are sold for $40 each. To purchase a flag, send checks to Warriors Weekend Field of Honor, c/o Pam Raley, CPA, 3402 John Stockbauer Dr. Victoria, TX., 77901 or visit www.warriorsweekend.org.

Where: Corner of Sam Houston Drive and Mockingbird Lane, Victoria.

Army veteran Col. Michael Petrash of Ganado hopes the Field of Honor project will create a living monument in plain sight to honor all veterans.

"It gives people the venue to honor any veteran who's really served in any branch of the service," Petrash said.

The project is accepting flag orders for the Warriors Weekend Field of Honor, a three-acre field at the corner of Sam Houston Drive and Mockingbird Lane that will be covered with 8-foot flags during a special ceremony in May.

"It's really a visible sign when these guys look out there and they see 500 flags knowing that each flag represents a veteran," Petrash said. "It's amazing how they get this feeling that there's a group of folks out there that support them and honor their sacrifices."

Proceeds from flag sales will go toward Warriors Weekend in Port Lavaca, an annual recreational weekend held in May for wounded soldiers.

The flags will be posted during a special ceremony on May 15. Members of the military will be present during a separate dedication ceremony on May 21. The flags will remain on display until Memorial Day. The flags will be available for pickup June 2 and 3.

Petrash hopes to sell more than 1,000 flags. Faith Family Church, and a number of other area groups, sponsor the event.

"I can tell you military life is difficult. It's even more difficult when you're missing arms and legs, ears ... " he said. "There's never enough that we can do for these guys."

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