We spend a great deal of time and effort promoting Colonial Flag Foundation’s flag display programs, but we find that Healing Field® and Field of Honor® events are the most effective way to spread the word. Folks who have experienced our flag displays understand the inspiring impression they make on those who visit Healing Field® and Field of Honor® events. Local committee members and those who have seen Colonial Flag Foundation programs work can easily visualize how they can be successful in different locations.
Walking amid thousands of U.S. flags posted in Naperville’s Rotary Hill, Rudy Keller was inspired and 2013 U.S. flags flew the next year in neighboring Aurora, Illinois.
Larry Zink moved from Murrieta, California where the local Rotary Club has hosted highly sucessful Field of Honor® flag displays for the past five years. Arriving in Cody, he brought the Field of Honor® concept with him and Wyoming’s first Field of Honor® display was posted a couple of years ago where it has become an annual event. This not only brought an inspiring display for the Cody community but raised funds for the Cody Heritage Museum, more funds in its first year in fact than had been raised by other fundraisers in the previous two years combined.
Both Naperville’s Healing Field® display and Cody’s Field of Honor® flag displays inspired Carla Klopfenstein who brought a Field of Honor® to Sheridan, Wyoming with 1,000 flags on the lawns of Sheridan College.
Having visited a Healing Field® flag display in New York state some seven years earlier, Dan Simons never forgot the experience, and in 2013 he brought a Field of Honor® event to Baltimore where the Hubbard Funeral Home joined forces with the Charlestown Retirement Community which is part of the Erickson Living network. Seeing the success of the Catonsville event, Erickson’s Cedar Crest facility in Pompton Plains will host its own Field of Honor® display this year in Morris County, New Jersey.
Texas City’s Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol posts flags each year honoring the lives lost to alcohol related automobile accidents. Finding that their Healing Field® displays have been so successful, Rusty Cockrell called the Colonial Flag Foundation’s office offering to tell other organizations how effective the displays have been in raising awareness for the victims of drunk drivers. Would it be all right, he asked, if he gave a presentation for a gathering of organizations at a meeting he would be attending? Of course we gratefully approved that request.
The truth is that Colonial Flag Foundation’s flag display programs would not have spread from coast to coast and from boarder to boarder without the exceptional examples our host communities have provided. It is gratifying to share the wonderful experiences reported back to us, but we are also indebted to events and people who represent us so well. The Colonial Flag Foundation owes its success to so many.
Please continue to help us spread the word. Thank you.
February 19, 2014 No Comments
Newspaper articles and media reports describing Field of Honor® and Healing Field® flag displays usually focus on the posted flags. Nevertheless, a Colonial Flag Foundation flag display does not exist for itself alone; it exists to benefit the community in a myriad of ways. A panorama of flags presents an awe-inspiring image that draws organizers, volunteers and visitors together while creating a memorable event that honors and informs. Yet, it reaches farther still by benefiting the community in innumerable ways.
While this is all difficult to put into words or explain, the example of the Field of Honor® in Murrieta, California, illustrates the many things that a flag display can bring to a community. For the past five years the Murrieta Rotary Club has joined with the City of Murrieta to host a Veteran’s Day Field of Honor® flag display. Highlights include:
The Murrieta Field of Honor® has raised funds to:
- complete the Murrieta Through Time historical monuments at the Town Square Park which illustrate periods of Murrieta’s past.
- continue development of the Veterans Memorial in the Town Square Park which commemorates the seven major wars fought by the United States and its military.
The 2013 flags posted for the Field of Honor® has also included three sections which:
- honored men and women from the area who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- honored Californians who have received the Medal of Honor.
- displayed the flag of American History that have been flown since the flag was adopted in 1777.
Not content to simply repeat their event each year, Murrieta’s Rotary Club adds something new each year. These yearly additions have included:
- The “Patriots’ Chalk Walk Painting” to decorate a cement pavement surrounding the flag display.
- The “Hill and Dale Run” motorcycle ride to Camp Pendleton and back.
- Ceremony honoring First Responders.
- Celebration of the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Participation in the Murrieta civic parade on Veterans Day.
- Visit of the 1,500 Fifth Grade Students attending area schools.
- Candlelight Ceremony and Concert presented by area high school choral students.
- Celebration of Rotary Day at the Field of Honor.
- Presentation of Day of Remembrance Concert.
Although a formation of United States Flags flying against a blue sky is indeed impressive and inspiring by itself, the display forms the centerpiece for a myriad of activities which surrounded Murrieta’s Field of Honor® giving an amazing event even deeper meaning. The Murrieta Rotary Club has done a fantastic job in enhancing their Field of Honor® to make an outstanding event even better. We at the Colonial Flag Foundation congratulate the Murrieta Rotary Club, and we are excited to see how their Field of Honor® will continue to grow each year.
January 29, 2014 No Comments
This unusual flag is known as the Bennington Flag because it was believed to have been flown at the Battle of Bennington in August of 1777. It was passed down in the Fillmore family, and their family tradition explains that the flag was carried by Nathaniel Fillmore, the grandfather of U.S. President Millard Fillmore, at the Battle of Bennington. However, the late Grace Rogers Cooper, who was the Curator of Textiles at the Smithsonian Institution, examined the flag and said it is made of material produced in the 19th Century and could not have been made in the 1770s.
Septa Fillmore, a nephew of Nathaniel Fillmore, is believed to have possessed the flag as early as 1812. If that is true, it may have been made at about the time of the War of 1812, but Cooper suggested it was more likely made for the U.S. Centennial of 1876. The numerals “76” symbolize the year 1776 when America declared Independence, but those numerals did not elicit feelings of nostalgia until many years later. At the time of the centennial celebration, the “Heroes of 76” theme was widely used. It would be, therefore, logical that a flag with the numerals “76” use prominently in its design could have been made for the U.S. Centennial. The pattern of the Bennington Flag became popular again in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial.
In summary we cannot say exactly how old the flag is or when it was first used. We can only say that the Bennington flag was not made until years after that battle of the Revolution. Nevertheless, the Bennington Flag is a popular flag design that reminds us of the American Revolution and the year that the United States declared itself to be Free and Independent.
January 17, 2014 No Comments