BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Rotary Club in Forest set up the Field of Honor to recognize the sacrifices made by first responders and service members from World War I through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former NYPD officer Jerald Sheridan, who now works as an officer at Lynchburg University, worked in a precinct in Queens on September 11, 2001. He worked in Manhattan in the days after the attack.

He lost friends in the aftermath and says tributes like this are important to remember that there are people to this day who are still dying as a direct result of the attacks.

“We lost 23 officers that day,” he said. “Since, we’ve lost over 200 just from illnesses that these guys never thought they, nobody knew that you were going into the stuff that we went into, the chemicals and everything else that was floating around there for days.”

The flags will be on display at 6 Millrace Drive through September 14 and are available for purchase.

The proceeds of the flags go to local nonprofits. Last year, the Rotary Club donated $10,000 to local groups.