William A. West
NORTH KINGSVILLE_Volunteers from area veterans groups, the Veterans Service Commission, Greenlawn Memory Gardens and the Ashtabula County Young Marines combined their efforts to assemble and place 400 U.S. flags for the Sixth-Annual Field of Honor event at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
The three-foot by five-foot flags are placed on eight-foot poles in perfect rows and columns to honor all veterans and first responders. More than 1,400 veterans are interred at Greenlawn Memory Gardens on 3140 E. Center Street (Route 20) in North Kingsville.
“It has been a honor doing this every year for those who have done so much for us,” Ashtabula County Young Marines Commander Doc Lee said. “It is always a pleasure being part of Healing Field.”
“Thank you to the Young Marines, veterans groups and Greenlawn Memory Gardens for making this field happen every year,” Jim Winslow said.
“The Young Marines love giving back,” Young Marine 1st Sgt. Zack Piotrowski said. “We like putting ourselves out there showing we care about our veterans.”
The event begins Wednesday, June 10 and ends with a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day Sunday, June 14.
Taps and Gun Salute are presented each evening at 7 p.m. by local Honor Guards.
“I hope this is the best year yet,” former American Legion Neal Post 743 Commander Dean Luce said.
FIELD OF HONOR EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
* Dedication Ceremony is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13
* Elks #208 Flag Ceremony is 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day)
* Flag Retirement Ceremony is 5:50 p.m. Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day)