2021 Field of Honor® Events

General Information

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is pleased to announce that the 5th annual Field of Honor® will be held again this year at San Gabriel Park! Major events, such as the Nathan Chapman Honor Walk by Sertoma, the fabulous Grand Opening Ceremonies, large static displays, an inspiring Veterans Day program, and other special tributes are being planned. There will be lots of exhibits, activities, and wonderful new things to see and do at the field this year. Join us at the Field anytime, day or night, 24/7 during the week of Veterans Day, from November 6 – 14.

 Purchase flags for $40 for your heroes every day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and be sure to return on Sunday, November 14 to pick them up (or designate to be shipped while ordering). 

To REPOST FLAGS – Bring your flag(s) beginning November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day through November 13 to be inspected and reposted if the flag(s) is/are in perfect condition. Reposting donation is $20.

Activities

 

The “Legacy Station” is back this year at the Field of Honor® where Sydney Decker, owner of ROOT STORY STUDIOS and commentator of the Hipp Radio Station, will be available to conduct a free 15-minute video or audio interview with our heroes! She will send a copy of the interview to the veteran, first responder, or to a designated family member after the event. This is priceless family history! Perfect for families to add to their genealogy records or just to preserve as treasured memories! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity! Reserve your time to tell your story! The Legacy Center schedule will be determined closer to the opening date of the Field of Honor®.

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 Mel’s Lone Star Lanes or 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.

VIRTUAL School Field Trips! Local students will have an opportunity to participate in Virtual Field Trips to the Field of Honor® to learn about our U.S. and Texas flag history, as well as to learn about the Revolution, courtesy of Williamson Museum. 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. Participating students will receive a pocket Constitution of the United States of America upon completing the week of daily 20-minute segments.

Senior Citizen Field Trips! Residents of various 55+, assisted living, and independent living residences will have the opportunity to board a bus to visit the Field of Honor® at designated times throughout the week. Volunteers will be available with golf carts to take senior visitors to their purchased flag(s), the Vietnam Wall, the historical flags of the United States and Texas, and for other assistance as needed.

Quilt of Valor Ceremonies will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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. 

 

Photography Contest

CALLING ALL PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS!

.The 2021 Field of Honor® is holding a PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST this year! Award winning and acclaimed Photographer, David Valdez is coordinating the contest. We invite both professional and amateur photographers to participate. Enter your best photos taken during the week of the 2021 Field of Honor® November 6 – 14. Entry deadline is 5:00 p.m. on November 14.

The fee for each entry of 2 photos is $20 as a donation to the Rotary Club of Georgetown Foundation, Field of Honor® that supports veterans and first responder organizations and service projects. Rotary Club of Georgetown members will be the final judges. 

Download and complete the entry form below, and then scan the form, a copy of your receipt, and any signed model release forms for photos of children under 18, and email with your two best photos (per entry) taken during the week of the Field of Honor® to: davidvaldezcc@gmail.com. Submissions without a receipt and copy of the signed entry form cannot be considered.

The top selected photo will be used for the cover of the 2022 Field of Honor® program with attribution and information about the photographer in the program, and will have several additional benefits to be announced at a later date. Additional photos may be used in exhibits, future Field of Honor® materials, displays, or advertisements. 

Best wishes to all photographers! 

New This Year! The Vietnam Traveling Wall!

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is pleased to announce that the 2021 Field of Honor® will include the “Cost of Freedom” American Veteran Traveling Tribute (AVTT). The emotional display includes the 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall and 82 additional panels that pay tribute to Veterans of all other US wars and conflicts. AVTT is a nationally recognized, Veteran owned and operated small business. The tribute has been part of more than 300 events across the United States over the last 15 years.

The Traveling Vietnam Wall has been generously funded by the Hood Endowment – Round Rock Community Foundation, Suddenlink, and Rotarians George Lourigan of Federal Savings Bank, Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, Joseph and Michele Cuteri, and Tom Howard. Special thanks to Will Williams for facilitating the generous grant from the Hood Foundation!

Join us beginning at 8:00 a.m. on November 5 to watch or help set up the Wall and the 1500 U.S. flags and other displays!

Nathan Chapman Honor Walk

Saturday, November 6, 2021 – Onsite registration at 8:30 a.m. The Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Georgetown Sertoma Club is participating in this year’s “Field of Honor”™ by hosting the annual Nathan Chapman Honor Walk in conjunction with Heroes Night Out and the WilcoBlue Star & Gold Star Mothers as a part of their National Heritage projects. The Walk is a 5k with water stops along the way (playground and restrooms nearby) Walkers will be given the opportunity to announce the name of the Veteran or First Responder they are walking to honor. The walk will begin and end at the Field of Honor® in the Event Tent.

The purpose of the “Honor Walk’ is to recognize those Veterans and First Responders that serve in harm’s way to keep us safe and free. This event is named in honor of Nathan Ross Chapman whose military career spanned 13 years. Army Sergeant First Class Chapman, with 1stSpecial Forces Group, became 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.

A nominal fee of $10 for Veterans and First Responders and $25 for other walkers is requested. Visit the Sertoma website: gtxsertoma.org. Proceeds from the event will be provided to Heroes Night Out and Wilco Blue Star & Gold Star Mothers.

Marine Corps League Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

The WilCo Marine Corps League Detachment 1022 will hold their Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony in the event tent! All are welcome! There is cake for all who attend…. until it is all is gone!

Opening Ceremonies: A Celebration of HeroesSunday, November 7, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 of military vehicles from Fort Hood, cannons from the Sons of the Texas Revolution, Police, Fire, Sheriff, EMS, SWAT, and other tactical vehicles, K-9 demos, and a Veterans Resource Expo and Job Fair. The USO will be at the field! Enjoy the exhibits and displays in the tent, and of course, the awe-inspiring flags and the Traveling Vietnam Wall will be a part of this unforgettable experience. 

This is all FREE! Join us early in the day to get your spot on the field. 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!

Beginning at 1:15 p.m. enjoy the spectacular events that include the Walk of Valor on Morrow Street. This parade will include the Patriot Guard Riders, Georgetown High School Eagles Marching Band, multiple veteran and first responder organizations, Rotary Veterans, and Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division Equestrian Honor Guard as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1st Cavalry.  

A B-25 Devil Dog flyover will be followed by the Parade of Colors on the field, and the emotion-filled ceremony with music and speakers will begin at 2:00 p.m.!

Among the distinguished participants in the ceremony will be the keynote speaker, Rotary International President Shekhar  Mehta, accompanied by his wife Rashi. It is an enormous honor for them to be here from New Deli, India.  Don’t miss this historic visit and the dramatic ceremonies that kick off a week of patriotic activities that honor and benefit our heroes!

Symphonic Salute – A Patriotic Pops Concert Honoring our Nation’s Veterans 

PLEASE NOTE: Early event posters showed this event as being scheduled on Saturday, November 6. However, the Concert is on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Georgetown Foundation’s Field of Honor®, the Central Texas Philharmonic will present a spectacular patriotic pops concert at the Klett Performing Arts Theater (just down the street from our Field)! Purchase your tickets  while they last!

Five hundred (500) FREE tickets have been reserved for Veterans and active duty military. Veterans and Military can email veterans@centraltexasphilharmonic.org to request the ticket registration form. Proof of military service (DD-214 or Military ID) will be required to pick up tickets at the door.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Veterans Day, against the dramatic backdrop of 1,500 flags and the Traveling Vietnam Wall, we will solemnly honor all our nation’s Veterans; those who returned home, and those who did not. 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. A flyover by the Falcon Flight team will add to the meaningful experience for all who attend. Please join us in the Event Tent on the field at 10:50 to allow us to begin the program promptly at 11:00.

Patriots Celebration BBQ

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Get ready to kick up your heels during the Patriots Celebration BBQ in the heated tent! Great BBQ, entertainment, libations, dancing, auction, raffle, and more! Dance the night away to the sounds of the Tumbleweed Hill band against the backdrop of the 1,500 lighted flags. Stay tuned for more exciting details as the plans unfold! Don’t wait! Tickets will sell out fast!

 

Flag Pick Up

PICK UP YOUR FLAGS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 FROM 10:00 a.m. TO 3:00 p.m.!

PLEASE NOTE: FLAGS NOT RETRIEVED ON THIS DAY 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.

FOH Opening Ceremony
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