Part of Greenville Town Common becomes ‘Field of Honor’

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Flag are lined up in Greenville’s Town Common as part of a special memorial called the “Field of Honor.” 

It’s meant as a way for the community to come together to honor the heroes in their life. 

Volunteers inserted the poles and then individual flags, making 500 separate memorials.

“It’s interesting that our first thought was this is an opportunity, perhaps, to honor veterans who have passed away as you would on Memorial Day,” said Stephen Walsh, with Greenville’s Noon Rotary. “But clearly this just for anyone who is a hero. It could be teacher or a parent or a doctor.

It started as a fundraiser for Greenville’s Noon Rotary Club, but then evolved as more and more people got ready to help make Greenville’s Town Common red, white and blue.

Each flag costs $35 and comes with a dedication note card.

“We really didn’t know if this was going to be a success or not, but it’s clearly turning into a huge success,” said Walsh. “There is a lot of interest among the whole community, so we would like this to be an annual event, so you should see us back here next year.”

The flags will stay in place until July 7.

“Even after the opening ceremony, the community is welcome to come here 24 hours a day and just roam around the flags,” said Walsh “And of course, they are welcome to read everyone’s dedication.”

At night, the flags will be lit up, thanks to the Greenville Utility Company installing light posts around the perimeter.

Flags can be purchased at the opening ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. and throughout the six weeks they are on display. 

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