Members, family, and friends of the American Legion Post 121 in Paris celebrated the opening ceremony of the Field of Heroes on Friday, Sept. 15 on the lawn next to AllCare Pharmacy on East Walnut Street in Paris.
During the ceremony, the first 20 American flags, each in honor or memory of a veteran who served America in uniform, were installed.
Following a patriotic prayer led by Post Chaplain Steve Shepherd and reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance led by Post Commander Bob Nix, all attendees installed the first 20 flags, each containing a weatherproof card dentifying the flag’s sponsor and the honored veteran. The first flag purchased was sponsored by Paula Mills in honor of her husband, Jim Pat Mills, a veteran of the Vietnam War and the El Salvadoran War. The Mills were present to install their flag. The attendees also installed rebar posts to support additional flags, which can be ordered through Veterans Day which is Nov. 11.
The cost of the flags is $30 each and will include a certificate with an emblem indicating the service of the veteran as well as a ribbon indicating the status of the veteran (active duty, retired, deceased, etc.). Information not on the form may be submitted on a separate sheet of paper attached to the order form. This may include any special medals received, wars served in, rank, POW or MIA, or any other information that you want to include about the veteran.
You may honor several people on one flag by including $4 for each additional name. The flag will be folded and given to the sponsor after Veterans’ Day. You may have the flag sent to you for an additional $7.50. Presentation cases will also be available for an additional $10, however, they must be ordered before Nov. 1 to allow for shipping time.
To purchase a flag, send a check for $30 (plus $4 for each additional name, ribbon, and certificate) payable to FOH Legion Post 121 to P..0 Box 244, Paris, AR 72855. Please be sure to include a valid phone number.
Profits from the Field of Heroes project will assist the support of the local American Legion Post and community. You may contact Steve Shepherd at 934-4386 or 870-662-0485 or Randall Zimmer at the Veterans Service Office in the Courthouse on Monday and Tuesday 963-1303 or Bob Nix at 479-652-2127.