FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — One thousand U.S. flags are on display in Lynchburg as a tribute to past and present American heroes, including first responders, health care workers, EMTs, firefighters, police, active-duty military, and veterans.
This year, there’s a special section honoring the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 26.
For the fourth year in a row, the Forest Rotary Club is paying tribute to heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We want to honor all these people that put their lives on the line for us. That’s number one. Secondary, it’s a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Forest. We raise a lot of money for this and we donate that primarily back locally into the community,” said Gary Hostutlar, Field of Honor Co-Chair.
This year, the Purple Hearts Club sponsored the new section, displaying 13 American flags with cards naming each U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan.
“It was right at the end of the war, and it was such a tragic thing. People really felt very tied to them. They’re not local people, but they certainly are great Americans,” added Hostutlar.
“It’s very near and dear to my heart,” expressed David L. Shaw, a Vietnam veteran.
Shaw served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He was present on Friday, Sept. 3 when 100 volunteers planted the flags at Field of Honor.
“It makes my heart beat 1,000 beats,” said Shaw.
The Field of Honor display is located at 6 Millrace Drive on Graves Mill Road outside of Automated Conveyor Systems.
“Graves Mill Road gets 22,000 cars a day that goes up and down there. That gives a lot of great attention to it. That makes it special too,” said Hostutlar.
The flags on the Field of Honor will be on display until Sept. 18.
In addition, on Saturday, Sept. 11, the Rotary Club of Forest invites the public to a special ceremony at the same location, recognizing 20 years since 9/11.
The event begins at 9 a.m. They plan to have a flyover with World War II planes during the ceremony.
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