About the Field of Honor
Field of Honor 2020 Schedule
The 12th annual Murrieta Rotary Field of Honor, set among a spectacular sight — 2,020 full-sized American flags –will rise in Murrieta’s Town Square Park on Nov. 7 – 14.
The Field recognizes heroes – those who served or are serving in the United States armed forces, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts, plus personal heroes. In addition to the 2,020 flags available for dedication to personal heroes, the Field features sections for Medal of Honor recipients, Local Heroes (those who have given their lives for this country since 2003), historical flags, state flags and a patriotic chalk walk.
The Field of Honor is presented as a community service by the Rotary Club of Murrieta in partnership with the City of Murrieta and is held in the park, located just two blocks off of I-15, and stretching from City Hall at Jefferson and Kalmia streets, to the Library. The activities are open to the public and free for all. As the flags are being placed in perfect rows in the park starting at 7:00 a.m. Nov. 7, dozens of chalk artists will be creating patriotic works on the sidewalks surrounding the park.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Nov. 7, a day that will honor first responders. A full week of activities will follow: Murrieta’s popular Veterans Day parade will be on Nov. 11, a candlelight concert with Murrieta middle school students is on Nov. 10, a Boy Scouts Final Salute flag retirement ceremony is on Nov. 13; the Patriot’s Event wraps up the week on Nov. 14.
Additional Event Details
The Field of Honor has opened numerous educational benefits in the area, as all 5th grade classes from Murrieta Valley Unified School District and some from Lake Elsinore and Temecula schools visit the Field as part of their studies during the week. “Everyone has the opportunity to honor a veteran, those currently serving or for past service, loved ones or personal heroes by flying a flag in the Field of Honor,” said Jann Gentry, who co-chairs the Rotary Club’s Field of Honor organizing committee with LouEllen Ficke. “Each purchased flag will be tagged with the name and rank, service or other designation. At the end of the week, flags may be picked up by those who purchase them.”
Each American flag is 3 by 5 feet on an 8-foot pole and can be purchased for $35. They can be purchased here or from non-profit affiliates or by going to the Field of Honor during the week it is on display. Flag purchasers can pick up their flags anytime on Nov. 14 and on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Net proceeds from the 2020 Field of Honor will go to the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation to fund a wide variety of project including scholarships, teacher grants, youth leadership programs, music and speech contests, foster youth and disadvantaged children and special community needs response. In 2019, Foundation funds provided a special emergency response application for Murrieta Fire & Rescue. In addition, the Foundation provides funds for International projects, including Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Field of Honor proceeds have funded the “Murrieta Through Time” history walk and contributed to the City’s Veterans’ Memorial, both in Town Square Park.
Volunteers needed. Check back for details and opportunities.
Flags can be sponsored for $35. The sponsor may place the name of the honoree on a yellow ribbon attached to the flag along with two lines of information about the hero. At week’s end, sponsors may claim the flags, their ribbons and the poles on which they’ve flown. Flags also can be mailed to sponsors for an additional fee.
Patriot's Chalk Walk
Artists from the region are invited to create patriotic images with chalk during the event. This feature of the Field of Honor started in 2012 to complement the overall impact of the mass display of flags. Works of 20 artists were featured in 2013.
Artists will be painting Nov. 7 & 8, and their creations will be on display all week. Prizes will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents the theme. The best work by a young artist also will be rewarded. The artists will name their favorite, and the viewing public will select the people’s choice.
There is no entry fee, but advance registration is required by Oct. 28, 2020. Click here for full details and an application. Some chalk painting tips are also provided here.
Kids also are invited to try their hand at chalk painting. They may paint on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to dusk, and must finish by Nov. 8 at noon. No pre-registration is taken for youngsters.
Four special sections will be part of the Field:
- The Local Heroes field honors the more than 100 men and women from the region who have died in the line of duty fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.
- A section recognizing Californians who have received the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest military decoration that is awarded for life-saving acts during war.
- 27 versions of the stars and stripes that have officially flown over the country since the first one authorized by Congress in 1777 also are displayed along with a half dozen other familiar flags in the country’s past that were never approved.
- A section where we display the flags of all 50 states.
The event is located at:
Town Square Park
24701 Jefferson Ave
Murrieta CA 92562
The park is located on the corner of Kalmia St and Jefferson Ave in Murrieta
The Field of Honor is open from 9am to 5pm beginning Saturday November 7th, through Saturday November 14th.