A sea of red, white and blue is set to be the sight on the corner of East Cedar Street and North Highway 123 Bypass.
More than 1,000 American flags honoring veterans and first responders are expected to go up for the Seguin Field of Honor at a field adjacent to the Faith Lutheran Church from June 29 to July 6.
“It all started here in Nixon — the town that I’m the chief of police — last year when they had a Field of Honor,” Seguin Field of Honor Committee Project co-chair Chris Aviles said. “So, we figured if Nixon can do it and they are a small town of a few hundred veterans. Well, Seguin having 22,000 or more veterans then why not Seguin. Seguin is the perfect patriotic town.”
Every year, there are several Field of Honors that sprout up throughout the country in conjunction with the Colonial Flag Foundation, the group that originally started the initiative.
The Colonial Flag Foundation established the Field of Honor as a way to heal and honor those who were lost, he said.
“The reason they came up with the Field of Honor was because after the buildings were kind of uncovered, and the rubble was sifted through after 9/11 they came across a tattered American flag,” Aviles said. “They use that as a symbol of unity and the patriotism to unite those that we had lost, which if you think about it were veterans and first responders.”
Community members can sponsor a flag, which is affixed on a 7 1/2 foot pole, for $30, Aviles said.
All the proceeds collected from the Seguin Field of Honor will go toward the SS American Memorial.
“The SS American is named after Americans and is made for Americans,” Aviles said. “It’s very important because it doesn’t just serve veterans and first responders, but it serves everybody. When you have a nonprofit that is faith-based and serves veterans, first responders and its community we couldn’t choose an any better place.”
The field will officially open up to the public at 10 a.m. on June 29 with a special ceremony that will include a lineup of local guest speakers and patriotic songs, Aviles said.
“It’s something bigger than us and bigger than Seguin,” Aviles said. “We would really like the community to come out and show their support — not just for the veterans and first responders, but for the nation and for their country.”
To sponsor a flag, visit, www.healingfield.org/seguin19/ .