This August, Sheridan College’s front lawn will feature flags purchased in honor of local military members, veterans, police, firefighters and other first responders.
It is a moving sight, if you’ve ever seen such a “Field of Honor.”
The same people who are moved by our national anthem or the sight of all those white tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery will likely be touched by the sight of 1,000 flags adorning the green grass at the college.
The flags, purchased in honor of those who have served the public and risked their own lives to do so, will be on display Aug. 9-11.
The flags are on sale through Aug. 2 at a variety of local businesses including Big Horn Design, Country Bounty, Photo Imaging Center, Prime Rate Motors, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery, Story Store, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and online at sheridanrotary.org.
The proceeds of the project will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors by fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in the nation’s history.
The group tries to raise awareness of the needs of injured service members, help injured service members assist each other and provide unique programs for those service members.
At the opening ceremony of the Sheridan County Field of Honor, set for the evening of Aug. 9, Wounded Warrior Jeremiah Pauley will speak on behalf of the organization.
Pauley, an Ohio native, said he came from a very patriotic family and that dedication is what motivated him to join the Army in 1996. Ten years later, he was deployed to Iraq. Four months after that, he was injured by shrapnel from a roadside bomb.
In Sheridan County, we have so many individuals who have served not only our country through the armed forces, but our city and our county through law enforcement, fire departments, search and rescue, emergency medical response and other honorable professions and volunteer activities.
Wouldn’t it be an overwhelming honor to go above and beyond the goal of 1,000 flags at Sheridan College this August?
Let’s show our warriors how much we appreciate their service.