Record Staff Writer
It is not too late to sponsor a flag for the local Field of Honor ceremonies set to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Karen Bloodhart, chairwoman for the Roswell Field of Honor, said a flag can still be sponsored in memory of someone who served his/her community, country, or who may have died on Sept. 11.
All the sponsored flags will be part of a patriotic display at the New Mexico Military Institute’s Stapp Field. Flags will be displayed starting Saturday morning.
Sponsoring a flag costs $25 or $35. If someone wants a purchased flag to be mailed back after the display is taken down Sept. 16, the cost is $35. Those who do not wish their flag be mailed to them can sponsor a flag for $25. Bloodhart said flags can be picked up at the Roswell Elks Lodge, 1720 N. Montana Ave., Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m.
Bloodhart said proceeds from the flags will go toward several local charities: Operation Wounded Warrior of New Mexico, the Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund, and The Sage Foundation for Dogs Who Serve.
The Field of Honor ceremonies will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with a parade that will run north on Main Street between Seventh and 19th streets. Bloodhart said the modest parade will include police, fire trucks, and motorcyclists from the New Mexico Patriot Guard riders.
The bulk of the Field of Honor commemoration is scheduled for Saturday at Stapp Field. Bloodhart said the flags will be placed at Stapp Field Saturday morning. The three foot by five foot flags, which, along with a pole, stand about eight feet tall, will be placed in rows across the field.
Although the goal to have 1,500 sponsored flags on the field has already been met, Bloodhart said there’s still time to get a flag. She said flag sponsors have bought flags in honor of anyone they feel served in some way.
Ceremonies on Saturday will continue with a military flyover at 10 a.m. The NMMI, Goddard High, and Roswell High school bands will play the national anthem, and the morning and early afternoon will be dedicated to remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country as well as those who perished on Sept. 11.
Bloodhart said the Elks Lodge and NMMI are sponsoring Roswell’s Field of Honor.
“It’s a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the (World Trade Center),” Bloodhart said. The Field of Honor, Bloodhart said, is meant as a way of remembering that freedom comes at a great price.
For information on how to sponsor a flag, call 623-3841.