The inaugural Berks County Field of Honor was dedicated over the July Fourth holiday at the Stone House Pond in Wyomissing, where it will remain until Saturday.
The display, which was unveiled Monday, includes 180 U.S. flags, each of which is dedicated to an individual. The flags honor those serving in the military, fallen servicemen and servicewomen, first responders and veterans.
The flags are paired with medallions providing individual dedication stories.
The West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club conducted the service project to bring the community together in a patriotic tribute to honor the heroes, the organization said in a release.
“The Stars and Stripes reminds us of who we are as a people,” the release said. “Americans meet the challenges of history and overcome hardships becoming stronger. That is who we are. The United States flag represents our solidarity in creating a brighter tomorrow and uniting us all.”
That was the theme of the dedication ceremony, which included numerous local officials.
“I encourage our community to visit this powerful tribute and take a moment to reflect on the significance of Independence Day,” said Dr. Charles Barbera, president/CEO of Reading Hospital, which was an event sponsor.
The club partnered with the Wyomissing Parks and Recreation Department for the project, and Reading nonprofit Prospectus Berco’s vocational work team assembled the flags.
“The Field of Honor became a reality through flag dedications, donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many Rotarians and volunteers,” said Rotarian Ed Ogden, co-chair of the Field of Honor.
A list of to whom the flags are dedicated and other project information can be found at the club’s website at portal.clubrunner.ca/6818 under the Field of Honor dedications tab on the home page.
Source: Berkshire mont