Pandemic won’t cancel Murrieta Field of Honor – Press-Enterprise


Students walk through rows of U.S. flags on display in the Murrieta Field of Honor Nov. 12, 2019, at Town Square Park in Murrieta. This year’s Field of Honor runs Nov. 7-14. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The 12th annual Murrieta Field of Honor, featuring a display of full-sized U.S. flags in Murrieta’s Town Square Park, has not been canceled but will be scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The flags, honoring those who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts, plus personal heroes, will be on display Nov. 7-14, according to a news release.

In addition to flags available for dedication to personal heroes, the Field of Honor includes sections for Medal of Honor recipients; for those from Riverside and San Bernardino counties who have died in U.S. military service since 2003; for historical flags; and for state flags. There will also be one flag dedicated to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta, in partnership with the city of Murrieta, presents the Field of Honor. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The flag display may be enclosed by a fence to monitor numbers on the field, according to the news release.

“Murrieta Rotary is thankful to the city of Murrieta and honored to present this spectacular event as a gift to our Southwest Riverside community. In this stressful time for our country, we can take extra pride in the service of others to our nation and our community,” Lou Ellen Ficke, president of the Rotary Club of Murrieta, said in the news release.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, events normally held during the Field of Honor week, such as the Veterans Day parade, veterans’ lunch and candlelight concert, will not be held.

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People may sponsor flags to fly in the display for $35. Each three-by five-foot flag is tagged with the name of the honoree and rank, service or other designation. At the end of the week, flags may be picked up by those who purchase them. Those who have flags from previous years that are in good condition can have them reposted for $10.

Flags can be purchased at www.murrietarotaryclub.org/product/flag-sponsorship or by going to the Field of Honor during the week it is on display. Those who buy flags may pick them up Nov. 14 or between 9 a.m. and noon Nov. 15.

Proceeds from this year’s Field of Honor will benefit the Murrieta Through Time history walk and the city’s Veterans’ Memorial, both at Town Square Park, and community projects such as the club’s teacher grants,scholarships, speech and music contests and more, funded by the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation.

Nonprofit groups affiliated with the Field of Honor who sell flags will receive $10 for each flag sold.

In previous years, Murrieta Valley Unified School District fifth-grade classes have visited the Field of Honor. This year, fifth-graders will see a video of the Field of Honor displays, produced by Rotary members, according to the news release.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta, chartered in 1992, is involved in many international and community projects, in cooperation with Rotary International.

The club normally meets at noon every Monday, except holidays, at Richie’s Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the club is meeting weekly on a Zoom call.

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For information, go to www.murrietarotaryclub.org.



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