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Field of Honor ready for dedication ceremony

By JR Ortega
May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

Families, friends and volunteers honored those who have served by placing about 2,700 flags in the field by Faith Family Church on Saturday morning. Each flag representa man or woman who has served in the military. The field will be dedicated Thursday evening.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor

• WHERE: Corner of Mockingbird Lane and Sam Houston Drive

• WHEN: The Field of Honor will be posted through June 3. Dedication ceremony is 8 p.m. Thursday.

• INFO: For a full schedule of events, visit warriorsweekend.org.

OTHER FIELD OF HONOR EVENTS

8 p.m. Friday - Lone Survivor prayer rally. Taps will sound at 9 p.m.

• 9 p.m. Saturday - Operation Redwings roll call and taps

• 3 p.m. May 16 - Warrior's Weekend welcome ceremony

• 8:20 p.m. May 26 - Showing of the "Return of Honor" documentary

• Every night there is an 8 p.m. prayer service followed by taps at 9 p.m.

Thousands of flags flutter in the wind, a white glow brightening the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Sam Houston Highway with a sea of vibrant red, white and blue.

Field of Honor, which runs through June 3 - particularly for Warrior's Weekend - places American flags in honor of veterans alive, veterans who died and veterans who never came home. The field will be dedicated at 8 p.m. Thursday.

But all are not forgotten, said retired Col. Michael Petrash, who spearheads the field.

"Warrior's Weekend is a community of patriots who know that we cannot forget these sacrifices," he wrote in an email. "But it's more than that. Not forgetting is only the beginning - we must get out there and actively do something honorable."

When Petrash first began the Field of Honor in 2009, 550 flags punctuated the field. This year, more than 2,700 flags will shroud the field.

Planning began as soon as last year's Field of Honor was taken down, Petrash wrote.

"Let's return to being a city, a state, a nation that prioritizes honor and excellence," he wrote. "Let's be a people who have earned the right to be protected by these warriors."

Each aspect of the Field of Honor is symbolic, he added. For instance, the steel rebars that support the flags symbolize that the warriors are made of steel and are the strength of the nation, he said.

"All I ask is that you think about what you can do to honor the warriors who have given all they had," he wrote. "Bless them by creating your own community of honor in your homes, in your schools, your work places and in the Golden Crescent."

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