Patriot Day Observations in Arlington Include Field of Honor, Memorial Ceremony
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communications
Posted on August 31, 2020, August 31, 2020

Arlington Field of Honor

With 911 American flags, volunteers will once again create a Field of Honor at Veterans Park this week to recognize the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and the heroic first responders who answered the call to help.

This is the second year that the Arlington Veterans Park Foundation has organized the Patriot Day community display, which will be available from Friday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept. 12 at the park, located at 3600 W. Arkansas Lane. This year’s activities will also include a memorial ceremony that will be live-streamed and held in person at Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 3 p.m. Sept. 11.

Residents are invited to purchase one or more of the flags and have it flown in memory or in honor of someone special to them, whether a military veteran, police officer or firefighter, family member, or medical worker on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The honoree’s information will be written on a tag attached to the flag, which will be folded and available by mail or in-person pick up after the display ends. Money raised from flag sales, which are $40 each, will benefit the Arlington Veterans Park Foundation’s plans to expand the public war memorial at Veterans Park.

“The American flag is our nation’s symbol of unity. So we really want people to be able to honor anyone they consider to be a hero,” said Field of Honor co-chair Clete McAllister.

Event sponsors include the Greater Arlington Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Arlington, Arlington Professional Fire Fighters Association, Texas Live! and Worthington Bank.

The Patriot Day observance on Sept. 11 will be live-streamed from the Levitt Pavilion Arlington Facebook page and Arlington Field of Honor Facebook page. Speakers include Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, Congressman Ron Wright, and Joe Daniels, CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum.

Both events will comply with CDC Covid-19 protocols, event organizers said. The flags at the Field of Honor will be spaced 10 feet apart in each direction. Masks will be required for visitors. Masks with the Field of Honor logo may be purchased if needed. Hand sanitizing stations will be conveniently located.

Click here to learn more about the Field of Honor project, including volunteer schedules and flag sales information.

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