About the Field of Honor
The 11th annual Murrieta Rotary Field of Honor, set among a spectacular sight — 2,019
full-sized American flags –will rise in Murrieta’s Town Square Park on Nov. 9 – 16.
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 2,019 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
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 a.m. Nov. 9,
dozens of chalk artists will be creating patriotic works on the sidewalks surrounding the
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Nov. 9, a day that will honor first
responders, and will be followed by a birthday salute to the U.S. Marines. 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 follows on Nov. 13, a Boy
Scouts Final Salute flat retirement ceremony is on Nov. 15, and culminating the Patriot’s
Ball wraps up the event on Nov. 16 at Pechanga Resort. Tickets for the ball are $100
“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 and LouEllen Ficke, co-chairs of the Rotary Club’s Field of Honor organizing
committee. “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
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 after the closing
ceremonies on Nov. 16 and on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Net proceeds from the 2019 Field of Honor will benefit the “Murrieta Through Time”
history walk, the City’s Veterans’ Memorial, both at Town Square Park, and other
community projects funded by the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation. Non-profit
groups affiliated with the Field of Honor to sell flag sponsorships will receive $10 for
each flag sold.
Furthering the Field of Honor’s educational benefits, all Murrieta Valley Unified School
District 5th grade classes plus some from Lake Elsinore and Temecula schools will visit
the Field during the week as part of their studies.
Volunteers needed. Check this site after Sept. 1 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, 2019. 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. 9 from 10 a.m. to dusk. 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.
Proceeds from the event go to:
- Completion of the club’s “Murrieta Through Time” historical monuments at the park, a collection of eight images illustrating significant periods in Murrieta’s past. Artistic renderings have been developed and one or more are to be installed over the next year.
- Veterans Memorial project, also at Town Square Park.
- Student scholarships, teacher grants, community needs and veteran organizations
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 24 hours a day beginning at 12pm Saturday November 9th, through Saturday November 16th.
A variety of opportunities exist to help stage the Field of Honor. You do not need to be Rotarian. Check this site after Sept. 1 to check all the various tasks and times for which you may volunteer.