Residents gather to dedicate Field of Honor (w/video)
May 8, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
A soft evening breeze freshened the face of Marguerite Griffin as she wandered through a sea of American flags cracking like whips in the wind.
"They told me it was row 3," she said, holding tight to the paper between her fingers.
Griffin was searching for the flag of her husband, Everett H. Griffin Sr., a World War II and Korean War veteran who died in 1991.
Only his final resting place, and now, this American flag tucked away in a field of more than 2,700 flags, bring to life once again the man she will always love and mourn.
"I think about the good memories, and I think about the bad memories," she said, staring at the flag's name tag, his name written in fading, black ink.
Welcome to the Field of Honor, a monthlong outdoor showcasing of flags honoring veterans - some still alive and others deceased or missing in action.
The field, which was dedicated Thursday night, sets the stage for Warrior's Weekend, a May fishing trip in Port O'Connor that helps wounded soldiers nationwide.
The field stays posted throughout May.
Griffin's husband made it a point to have friends of war, ones he could share his war stories with.
Now, in the Field of Honor, he is surrounded by veterans from all walks of life - brothers in arms, so to speak.
"It means a lot to me, and I know it would to him if he was here," she said.
The dedication brought about 75 people and opened with the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"Gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there," the group sang as men, women and children watched night fall over the field.
Bright floor lamps bring to life the reds, whites and blues.
The field stands testament to the outpouring support of Crossroads communities, said Janie and Rene Ortiz.
Their daughters - Leticia, 37, and Victoria, 30 - have each served in the military, Rene Ortiz said, and they have seen the field before. However, this year, each has her own flag.
At one point, both daughters, one in the Army and the other in the Marines, were both overseas.
"It was nerve-wracking," Rene said.
"They weren't using computers then, so we'd have to wait for them to send letters," Janie Ortiz interjected.
The two stood behind the mass of people listening to speakers, such as Field of Honor founder and retired Army Col. Michael Petrash, talk about the importance of the field.
"We've always been impressed by the show of support," Rene Ortiz said.