Field of Flags honors those who serve and protect

Posted at 2:45 PM on May 22, 2019

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flags main.jpgBY DEBBIE PAGE
drpage.svlfreenews@gmail.com

Preparations for the 2019 Field of Flags, sponsored by the Mooresville-Lake Norman Exchange Club, are underway. The event, open 24 hours per day and guarded by club members and Boy Scouts, will commemorate military service members, first responders, and law enforcement officers on May 24-27 at the Lowe's YMCA in Mooresville.

Each flag is placed in honor or in memory of a veteran or other public servant.

The Mooresville Fire Department has already placed a huge American flag over the Lowe's YMCA entrance to serve as a backdrop for the event.

A new addition to the celebration this year will be sunset Memorial Walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 p.m. for a memorial moment with prayer, music and a walk around the field.

One of the club’s focus areas is Americanism, so the Field of Flags has become a signature event every year since 2016. Many volunteers from the club and community come together to make this event a reality.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, May 24
10:00 a.m. -- Placing of First Flag (Black & Blue)
8:30 p.m. -- Memorial Walk

Saturday, May 25
8:30 p.m. -- Memorial Walk

Sunday, May 26
8:30 p.m. -- Memorial Walk

Monday, May 27
10:00 a.m.  -- Memorial Day Ceremony

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

The official ceremony will take place, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, on the YMCA grounds at 170 Joe Knox Avenue.

The ceremony includes a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace, each branch’s service song, and attendance of local dignitaries. The names and branches of service for whom each purchased flag represents are also recited, which brings a truly personal sentiment of respect to the Field of Flags experience.

FLAG PURCHASE

People can purchase a flag with the person’s name on it to honor anyone who serves or protects our community or nation. After the event, purchasers will be assisted by Boy Scouts and club members in removing their flag to take home and display. The flag comes with a rebar pole.

The money raised from the sale of the flags, which are $35 each, goes back into the community. The club will donate the proceeds to Iredell County’s SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) organization and other local youth and community programs.

Some proceeds will also fund the club’s ACE Award scholarships given to students who have overcome challenges or obstacles to achieve excellence and graduate.

Community members can purchase a flag in memory or in honor of a veteran at https://www.mooresvillelknexchange.org/purchase-a-flag until midnight Saturday or on site from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. until they are sold out. The group hopes to sell 750 this year, according to club president Ryan Pegarsch.

Sponsors also generously help fund the costs of the event, donating funds, equipment, stage facilities, and other needs to make it happen.

Lead sponsor for the event is Bestco, along with local partners First Bank, Express Employment Professionals, Rimz One, Carolina Oral and Facial Surgery, Remax Team Purvis, Silly Chickens Lodge, Performance Rehab Associates, McMillan – Design Build, Carolina Self Protection, Greenworks Commercial, Mooresville Ford, Christopher Dirig, D.D.S., Our Dream Auto Museum and Restorations, The Insurance Center, Dr. George B. Shuping D.D.S., Lembo & Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, First National Bank, NGK Ceramics, Peoples Bank, Victory Lanes, Sawyer Insurance and Financial Services, blueharbor bank, Iredell Memorial Hospital, Big Daddy’s, Jewelers On Main, Cecile G. Ebert Foundation, Melanie Colley Realty, SightSpan Security, and Lake Norman Realty.

EXCHANGE CLUB

The Exchange Club is a volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The group boasts nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The club focuses on several focus area. They work with youth to establish EXCEL groups to promote leadership and also award scholarships and citizenship recognitions to area teens.

The club also works with worthy causes in the community, providing either muscle or funds to help them out. They also work with child abuse prevention initiatives. They helped establish the SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) center in Statesville and also assist SCAN with its fundraising and activities.

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