Save the date! November 7th through the 15th, 2020!
2020 FIELD OF HONOR® EVENTS
We are happy to announce that the 4th annual Field of Honor® will be held again this year as planned at San Gabriel Park!
THE FLAGS WILL FLY! We encourage everyone to visit throughout the week of November 7 – 15!
1,700 flags will fly, and there will be volunteers and docents available to take flag orders and repost your flags from prior years throughout the week. There will also be exhibits and activities to enjoy all week in our tent.
FLAG and SWAG sales will be available from Saturday, 11/7 to Saturday, 11/14 at the Field of Honor® from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the tent.
All precautions are being taken to maintain safety for all. The Rotary Club of Georgetown will follow the guidelines and laws that are in place at the time of the event in the interest of public safety.
We ask all who purchase and/or repost flags to pick them up on Sunday, November 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We are working on a plan for curbside pick-up. Check back for further information as we get closer to the week of the Field of Honor®.
In the interest of public safety, some of the related Field of Honor® events that attract large crowds have been suspended for this year. However, we plan to resume these additional events in our 2021 Field of Honor®.
HERE’S WHAT IS HAPPENING DURING THE 2020 FIELD OF HONOR®
Grab your cameras and bring some tissues! Once again, the 16-foot viewing platform is being provided by our sponsor, K-Tec! This year, it will be placed front and center to get a full view of the awe-inspiring flags on the field. Our thanks to K-Tec for providing it!
A Painted Flag on the Field provided by the Rotary Club of Georgetown will be an amazing sight at the forefront of the 1,700 flags flying in honor of our heroes.
The MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART (MOPH) will display the TEXAS FALLEN mini-wall throughout the week in the tent. Our thanks to MOPH for providing this moving display. Don’t miss it!
Visit “HERO” the Horse from R.O.C.K. – A statue created by a local artist that honors veterans will be displayed all week.
Art Exhibits will be on display throughout the week in the tent at the Field of Honor®
Tell Us Your Story with ROOT STORY STUDIOS!
The “Legacy Tent” will be back this year on various days and times throughout the week 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 interview with our heroes! She will send a copy of the interview to the veteran, first responder, or their family afterwards.
This is priceless oral 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! Check back in early November to see the schedule for days and times this opportunity will be available and to reserve your time to tell your story!
Quilt of Valor presentations will be held during the Field of Honor® week. Please check back for specific dates and times. If you, or someone you know that served in the military would like to receive a Quilt of Valor, please contact Michelle Bailey at Poppy’s Quilt n’ Sew at 512-863-6108 to find out how to request one through the Quilt of Valor Foundation. This must be done no later that November 1 in order to have a Quilt of Valor presented at the Field of Honor®.
A “Dear Hero” Station will be provided by the Liberty Vacation School all week. Write letters to heroes you don’t know, but who will be delighted to receive a letter from you knowing that you care about them! Kids can also draw a picture for them! They will be sent to the places of deployment throughout the world to be given to soldiers, or given to local first responders. This is something the whole family can do to uplift the spirits of those who are near and far that selflessly serve and protect us.
Saturday, November 7th
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Programs The artistic programming offered in collaboration with the Field of Honor® features a music component, Storytelling Through Music, which is a collaboration with Austin Classical Guitar. This component includes adapting hand-written stories and poems by veterans into lyrics and set to music. The music will be performed by country artist Wynn Williams and will be accompanied by a band from Austin Classical Guitar and a veteran pianist. It will be held at Cimarron Hills, and the East View JROTC will present the colors at the beginning of the program.
THIS MUSICAL EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE! RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS. THE EVENT WILL ALSO WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE VIA VIDEO LINK AND/OR YOUTUBE. CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE CONCERT!
For more information on this concert, please visit: arts.georgetown.org. Reservations will be required and seating will be limited!
Make reservations today on the event’s Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1231106903916763/
The artistic programming will also feature a service dog themed public art mural designed by a veteran/military service member artist and selected through the Arts and Culture board public request for proposal. The mural will be painted on the Wag Heaven building in downtown Georgetown – their second location. This is all provided through a grant to the City of Georgetown from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. An Exhibit of the rendering by the selected artist will be on display at the Field of Honor® in the tent throughout the week!
Monday – Friday, November 9 – 13
VIRTUAL School Field Trips! Local students will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual environment to “visit” the Field of Honor® and learn about our U.S. and Texas flag history, wars, branches of the military. And this year, they will also meet COVID-19 Heroes through virtual panels of real veterans, first responders and essential worker COVID-19 heroes! Every student will receive a pocket Constitution of the United States of America, courtesy of State Representative, Terry Wilson.
Flag Retirement Ceremonies will be held every evening at the Field. The American Heritage Girls and the Boy Scouts will conduct these respectful ceremonies. Drop off your tattered flags at Mel’s Lone Start Lanes or at the Field of Honor® to be properly and honorably retired.
Friday, November 13
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Rotary Club of Georgetown Club Meeting: A Tribute to Honor Our Heroes The weekly Rotary Club of Georgetown meeting will be held via ZOOM. This year’s program will be dedicated to honoring our COVID-19 heroes. All Rotarians and their guests are welcome to join us! Registration is required to obtain the ZOOM link. Information on how to register will be available beginning October 15th!
Sunday, November 15th
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – FLAG PICK-UP DAY! Pick up your flag(s) at the Field of Honor®! Remember that flags MUST be picked up by 5:00 p.m. Bring back your flags (in perfect condition) to be reposted next year for a donation of only $20.
NOTE: Flags not retrieved become the property of the Rotary Club of Georgetown.
SUSPENDED FIELD OF HONOR® EVENTS FOR 2020
In the interest of public safety, the following events and programs usually provided during the week of the Field of Honor® have had to be suspended. But hopefully they will be back in 2021!
Please do thank all our event partners who have worked hard to offer these events that must now be suspended for this year.
Central Texas Philharmonic Orchestra – Field of Honor® Concert at the Klett Performing Arts Theater. This patriotic concert promised to be an uplifting event in collaboration with the Field of Honor®. We are working on a possible alternative. Stay tuned!
Nathan Chapman Honor Walk In collaboration with the Field of Honor®, The SERTOMA Club of Georgetown has held the Nathan Chapman Honor Walk. Let’s make the 2021 event a huge success!
Opening Ceremonies: A Celebration of Heroes Usually the Rotary Club of Georgetown presents a spectacular opening ceremony along with static displays of military tanks and vehicles from Fort Hood, cannons from the Sons of the American Revolution, Police, Sheriff, EMS, SWAT and other tactical vehicles, K-9 demos, the Resource Expo, a B-25 Devil Dog fly-over, dignitaries, marching bands, Patriot Guard Riders, and much more! We hope to resume this tradition in 2021!
Patriots Celebration – NOT your grandmother’s Gala! The culminating “Boots and Bling” event of the Field of Honor® celebrates heroes, awards the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Patriot of the Year, provides a sumptuous meal, and encourages you to kick up your heels to the music of a great band! Silent and live auctions and other fun elements add to making it an event that is unlike any other fundraiser. We hope to make next year’s Patriots Celebration a HUGE event that will be unforgettable! Be sure to check back in May of 2021 for details!
School Field Trips are fun and educational!