2022 Field of Honor® Events, Exhibits, and Activities

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is pleased to announce that the 6th annual Field of Honor® will be held again this year at San Gabriel Park! Major events, such as the fabulous Grand Opening Ceremonies, large static displays, an inspiring Veterans Day program, the Patriots Celebration BBQ, and other special tributes and events are being planned. Join us at the Field anytime, day or night, 24/7 during the week of Veterans Day, from November 5 – 12, and pick up your flag(s) beginning on Saturday, Nov. 12 from noon to 5:00, and on on Sunday the 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are also pleased to announce that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will have their 9/11 “NEVER FORGET” 1,100 sq. ft. Mobil Exhibit at the Field of Honor® throughout the entire week of the event! Actual FDNY Volunteers will be there to provide tours and their own experience on that tragic day. Exhibit tour hours will be shown here the week before the start of the Field of Honor®. CLICK HERE to see a video about this exciting exhibit, or view it on the HOME page! We are grateful to the W.D. Kelley Foundation that provided a grant to make this exhibit possible for the entire week of the Field of Honor®! The arrival of the trailer carrying the exhibit will be escorted by the Georgetown PD and Fire Departments, the Williamson County Sheriff, and the Patriot Guard Riders. The route will begin near the Sheraton and will travel east on 29 to Austin Ave, then turn left. We hope that many will be out there cheering them on as they travel through the Georgetown Square and continue along Austin Avenue to Chamber Way and into San Gabriel Park. A welcome ceremony, music by the acclaimed “Almost Austin” band, and other festivities will take place, after which they will assemble the exhibit! Don’t miss this exciting arrival of the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 “Never Forget” Mobile Exhibit!

PRE-ORDER FLAGS NOW online by clicking here: “Flag Salesor on the Flag Sales tab above. You can also purchase and dedicate flags at the Field of Honor® for your heroes every day, November 5 to November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. FLAGS ARE $45 EACH.

To REPOST FLAGS – Bring your flag(s) to the Field of Honor® beginning Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day through November 10, and November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Flags must be inspected prior to being reposted, and must be in perfect condition to be able to repost. Please understand that flags cannot be frayed, tattered, faded, stained, or damaged in any way. If a flag is deemed unsuitable for reposting, you may purchase a new flag for $45. A new dedication tag will be created either way. The Reposting donation is $20.

ACTIVITIES

The “Dear Hero” Station is provided again this year by Vacation Liberty School for adults and kids of all ages to write encouraging notes to hero(es) they don’t know, but who will be delighted to receive a kind note, knowing that someone cares about them. Kids can also draw a picture or make a card. These messages will either be sent to active duty soldiers or to local first responders along with “Adopt-a-Hero” flags. This is something the whole family can do to uplift the spirits of heroes that selflessly protect and serve, near and far.

Flag Retirement Ceremonies will be held most evenings beginning at 5:30 at the Field of Honor® (subject to weather). The American Heritage Girls and the Boy Scouts will conduct these respectful and solemn ceremonies. Drop off your tattered flags at the Field of Honor® to be properly and honorably retired. Join us for one of these moving ceremonies to see how Old Glory is respectfully retired.

The WilCo Marine Corps League, Detachment 22 will erect a BUNKER that you can visit throughout the week and have some cool photo ops! They will also be assisting the volunteers from the police and fire departments to provide security throughout each night. Thank you, Marine Corps League! 

School Field Trips! GISD students will again have an opportunity to participate in person in Field Trips to the Field of Honor® to learn about our U.S. and Texas flag history, see the 8 foot Rotary Peace Pole, and learn from Williamson Museum volunteers about the Revolution,. Students will also interact with military members, some of whom will be joining in virtually from deployment duty stations around the world, and with local first responders. FDNY volunteers will provide guided tours through the Tunnel to Towers 911 “Never Forget” Exhibit, which will be a special part of their learning experience. Participating students will receive a pocket Constitution of the United States of America upon completing the Field Trip.

Senior Citizen Field Trips! Groups of residents of various 55+, assisted living, and independent living residences are invited to visit the Field of Honor® at designated times throughout the week by reservation. Activity Directors are encouraged to CONTACT US to reserve a time throughout the week to bring their residents to enjoy the Field. Note: Activity Directors must provide wheel chairs, walkers, and/or mobility assistance for the residents that need them. If a golf cart is available, a Field of Honor® volunteer docent may take residents to the flags and to the exhibit; however, Activity Directors must provide mobility assistance to visiting residents as needed.  

We also encourage nominations of veteran and first responder residents for a Quilt of Valor to be presented at the Field when they visit. Timing of Quilt of Valor presentations must be coordinated with Poppy’s Quilt of Valor in Georgetown.

Quilt of Valor Ceremonies will again be presented by Poppy’s Quilt of Valor. Nominate a veteran that has not yet received a Quilt of Valor to participate in this emotional ceremony and to receive a quilt lovingly made by members of the Poppy’s Quilt n’ Sew group. All are welcome to participate in these ceremonies! 

Click HERE to nominate a veteran (even yourself) for a Quilt of Valor.

Be sure to name Poppy’s Quilt of Valor as the coordinating organization through whom the nomination will be processed. A patriotic quilt will presented to the nominee during a ceremony at the Field of Honor® at a scheduled time. All are welcome to attend these meaningful ceremonies!

The Painted Flag on the Field will again be at the foreground of the 16 foot Observation Deck overlooking the entire field. Imagine the amazing photos and videos you can take! 

Respectful Flag Retirement Ceremonies will be provided by the American Heritage Girls and the Boy Scouts of America throughout the week in the evenings. A schedule of these ceremonies will be provided at the field on the event board based on weather.

EVENT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION

Opening Day

Saturday, November 5, 2022 – Multiple events!

BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M., BRING YOUR FLAGS FROM PRIOR YEARS TO HAVE THEM INSPECTED FOR REPOSTING AT THE FIELD!
Remember that the flag(s) must be in PERFECT condition and must be inspected and approved to be reposted. A flag with any frayed edges, fading, or any signs of wear cannot be flown on the field. If your flag does not pass inspection, a new flag will need to be purchased to fly on the field. Flags that can be reposted will have a new dedication tag made and will be attached to the flagpole at the designated location on the field. Worn or tattered flags can be added to those that will be respectfully retired during the Flag Retirement Ceremonies held many of the evenings during the week of the Field of Honor®. The American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts provide these respectful ceremonies.

The SERTOMA Nathan Chapman Honor Walk will kick off with the week of the Field of Honor®.The Field of Honor® and Honor Walk recognize Veterans and First Responders who serve in harm’s way to keep us safe and free. The walk is named in honor of Nathan Ross Chapman whose military career spanned 13 years. Army Sergeant First Class Chapman, with 1st Special Forces Group, was the first American soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan. On September 11, 2006, a bronze casting dedicated to Chapman’s memory was put on display at the Georgetown Courts Building where it resides today. The 5K walk starts and finishes at the Field of Honor®  at the Event Tent in the Activity Field. All walkers will be given the opportunity to announce the name of the Veteran or First Responder they are walking to honor. A playground and rest rooms are nearby and volunteers will offer water stops along the way. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Honor Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the Honor Walk!   

Join us for the exciting escorted celebration of the arrival of the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 “Never Forget” Mobile Exhibit! The arrival and welcome ceremony will take place at about 9:30 a.m. The exhibit will arrive following an escorted trip from I-35 down University Ave, left on Austin Ave. through the Georgetown Square, and arriving at about 9:30 a.m. The escorts include our Georgetown police and fire and the Patriot Guard Riders! A Welcome Ceremony, music by the acclaimed ALMOST AUSTIN band, and other festivities will take place, followed by the set-up of the exhibit. Exhibit tours will begin at approximately noon. Join us to celebrate their arrival and to enjoy the ceremony!

The Marine Corps League will present their emotional Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at about noon! All who attend can enjoy a piece of cake as long as supplies last. Be among those who eat cake in celebration of the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday!

Grand Opening Ceremonies: A Celebration of Heroes 

Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DON’T MISS THIS DAY’S EVENTS! All day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., bring the whole family and your friends and neighbors to enjoy static displays  including two tanks from Fort Hood – an Abrams and a Bradley – that kids of all ages can explore, inside and out, real cannons from the Sons of the Texas Revolution, and Police, Fire, Sheriff, EMS, SWAT, and other tactical vehicles. Three amazing K-9 demos will be provided throughout the day by the Williamson County Sheriff’s K9 unit, Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on and remember to bring your camera or phone. You’ll have lots of opportunities to take fabulous photos! The Falcon Flight formation flying team will provide a flyover to kick off the ceremony, followed by the emotion-filled Opening Ceremony with music from the 36th Infantry Band of the Texas National Guard, the pageantry of the Parade of Colors, presentation of the US and Texas flags, and special guest speakers! The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.The B-25 Devil Dog flyover will  also provide a grand flyover as an exciting finale! Of course, you can also tour the magnificent Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Never Forget” Exhibit and speak with FDNY volunteers that were eye-witnesses to the tragic events. THIS IS ALL FREE!! Come and go at your convenience or stay all day!

Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Business Network Luncheon 

Wednesday, November 8, 2022 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The monthly Georgetown Chamber of Commerce “BNL” meeting will be hosted at the Field of Honor® in the event tent! Contact the Chamber for reservations!

Veterans Day Ceremony

Friday, November 11, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Veterans Day, against the dramatic backdrop of up to 1,600+ flags, we will honor and celebrate all our nation’s Veterans. The bell will be rung 11 times at 11:11 a.m. in commemoration of the observance of the signed armistice when guns fell silent following World War I, and in honor of those who have served, and currently serve in wars and battles around the world. Music by the Community Band of Central Texas, a performance by the Sassy Ladies, a special guest speaker, Lt. General James Huggins (ret), and a flyover by the amazing Falcon Flight team, and more, will add to the event and the meaningful experience for all who attend. Please join us by the event tent on the field at 10:45 a.m. to allow us to begin the program promptly at 11:00.

Patriots Celebration BBQ

Friday, November 11, 2022 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Get ready to kick up your heels during the Patriots Celebration BBQ in the EVENT tent (heated if necessary)! Great BBQ, entertainment, libations, dancing, auction, raffle, and the presentation of the Rotary Club of Georgetown Patriot Award will top off the evening’s festivities! More information and a link to purchase tickets will be coming soon!

Honor Flight Austin 2021-2022 Reunion Brunch

Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 10 a.m. to noon

Veterans that participated in an Honor Flight in 2021 or 2022 are invited to attend a brunch at the Field of Honor®. Breakfast tacos, coffee, and donuts will be served as you share experiences with each other about your particular flight and what it meant to you.  Further details to come later regarding signup/reservations. If you have a flag on the Field, you may take it home with you following the reunion!

Central Texas Philharmonic Patriotic Concert

Sunday, November 13, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

Join us for the final event of this year’s Field of Honor®! The Central Texas Philharmonic has again joined us as an event partner! Their performance will be at the Klett Performing Arts Center at Georgetown High School – right down the street from the Field of Honor®. Further information and a link for ticket purchase will be provided here soon. 

Flag Pick Up Days and Times

PICK UP YOUR FLAGS BEGINNING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, NOON to 5:00 p.m. and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 FROM 9:00 a.m. TO 3:00 p.m.!

PLEASE NOTE: FLAGS NOT RETRIEVED BY 3:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY, 11/13 BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF GEORGETOWN. If you cannot arrange to pick up your flag(s), please be sure to request shipping upon checkout.

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