Field of Honor pays tribute to veterans

A field of 171 flags from the Kiwanis Club honor veterans outside Seminole City Hall.

“It’s something that you’re willing to die for,” a Korean War veteran said proudly while standing along a busy street in Seminole, starting at a row of American flags.

The red, white and blue fabric floated in the wind in front of Seminole City Hall.

“It just gives you goose bumps. It’s so exciting,” said Seminole Kiwanis member Linda Burhans.

"You look around and it’s beautiful and the sun is shining and the flags are blowing..”

The group set up an American tribute, called the Field of Honor, in front of City Hall for the second year in a row. In 2015, they were able to fly 24 flags. This year, that number grew to 171.

“We’re putting up a Field of Honor for the whole month of November to honor veterans,” said Vicky Sullivan. “It is a fundraiser for our club but it’s also a good way to show our patriotism.”

Vice Mayor Jim Quinn served in the U. S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He was on hand to watch the dozens of flags be placed in the ground.  

“Everybody went, ‘Oooh!’,” said Sullivan, talking about the club’s 2015 24-flag effort. “This year we want, 'Ahh!' We are going to have 171 flags put up.”

Yellow tags were attached to each flag with the name of a fallen past or current soldier.

“It’s honoring that person that you are holding and that’s just the way that it should be,” said Al Syvertsen. “I’ve been patriotic ever since I can remember.”

The group will host a ceremony to honor veterans on Thursday at 10 a.m. If you would like to honor a veteran, contact Wayne McKenney at 813-767-4682.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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