Field of Heroes reminds us freedom is not free

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This is the 10th year for the Field of Heroes. Many veterans said it is hard for them to imagine the display is for them.

The weekend is full of remembrance with the flags and the signs here to remind us that “freedom is not free.”

“To a veteran, this is heartwarming,” veteran Randy Brooks said. 

He and other veterans who walk the paths through the flags say this ultimate show of respect is very welcoming because they can remember a time where this was not normal.

“When I came back from the Philippines, no one liked us, no one wanted anything to do with us,” Brooks said.

“It was not a good reception coming back,” another veteran Tommy Ebe said. 

Now things have changed.

The Boy Scouts of America showed their respects Sunday by participating in the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

They properly disposed of an American flag by burning it piece by piece.

The night concluded with Taps to make sure the Fallen are not forgotten.

“People are telling us that they appreciate what we’ve done and what the people who’ve gone before us and not come home have done,” Brooks said. 

Organizers will begin removing the flags at noon on Memorial Day.

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