About the Field of Honor
The 10th annual Murrieta Field of Honor, set amongst a spectacular sight — 2,018 full-sized American flags –will rise in Murrieta’s Town Square Park on November 10 and fly through the 17th.
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 2,018 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. Most Town Square Park events and the display are free and open to all.
As the flags are being placed in perfect rows in the Park starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, dozens of chalk artists will be creating patriotic works of art on the sidewalks surrounding the park. The Women’s Council of Realtors will stage a veterans’ resource expo, complete with food booths and haircuts from the Paul Mitchell The School Temecula.
Opening day ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, a day that will honor first responders, and will be followed by a salute to the United States Marines on their 243rd birthday. A full week of activities will follow: Veterans Art in the Park, sponsored by the Murrieta Arts Council, on Sunday which is also the day of Murrieta’s popular Veterans Day parade, a candlelight concert with Murrieta middle school students on Wednesday night, a Boy Scouts Final Salute ceremony on Thursday and culminating with the Patriots’ Ball on Saturday, Nov. 17, in a large while tent adjacent to the Field. Tickets for the Patriots’ Ball are $75 per person.
“Everyone has the opportunity to honor a veteran, those currently serving, loved ones or personal heroes by flying a flag in the Field of Honor,” said Bob Bryant, co-chairman 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 purchase them.”
Each American flag is three by five feet on an eight foot pole and can be purchased for $35. They can be purchased here, from nonprofit 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 Saturday, Nov. 17, and on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Net proceeds from the 2018 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. Nonprofit groups affiliated with the Field of Honor to sell flags will receive $10 for each flag sold.
Furthering the Field of Honor’s educational benefits, all Murrieta Valley Unified School District fifth grade classes plus some classes from Lake Elsinore and Temecula schools will visit the Field during the week of Nov. 12, hear explanations about the displays and complete class assignments.
Volunteers needed!!! Click here to sign up.
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. 8 & 9, 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, 2014. 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 10th, through Saturday November 17th.
Volunteers, individuals or groups, are welcome. Tasks include:
Setting up the field – Nov. 10, early morning
Chalk walk setup – Nov. 10
Staffing the information booth – all week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Docents who guide visitors to their flags – all week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Taking the flags down (striking the field) – Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To volunteer, sign up here.