WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Thousands of American flags are spread across a field in Westerville for Memorial Weekend as a dedication and remembrance to each and every one of our heroes.
This is the 10-year anniversary for Field of Heroes, where a 5K walk and run took place on Sunday.
Field of Heroes consists of 3,000 beautiful American flags standing 8 feet tall. Runners and walkers of the 5K make their way through the field of flags as they walk or run for each hero in their life.
Lieutenant Nathaniel Saunders says it’s his first time in the 5K.
“I’m also running in support of my grandfather,” he says.
Lieutenant Nathaniel Saunders is in the Ohio National Guard, proudly wearing a photo of his grandfather who was also in the military.
“He’d be proud to be here,” Saunders says. “Don Saunders, he served in the air force during the Korean War era. He retired from the Air Force and served in the VA, so he was very, very patriotic and is proud of every service member, and it would have meant a lot for him to see this.”
Saunders grew up in Westerville his whole life and is amazed every time he sees the flags at Field of Heroes.
“I’ve told a lot of people I know outside of the Westerville community just how big and moving this is. Every one of these flags represents somebody’s family member or somebody they care about what sacrifices and services they provided to our great country,” Saunders says.
“What is represents is what it takes to secure a great nation. Has a lot of freedoms that you can’t find anywhere else in the world and it takes a lot to secure that. Each and every service member man or woman that get out there and put that uniform on takes service, courage and hard work and this area represents that people can visualize it.”
The money raised from Sunday’s 5K goes to Honor Flight Columbus.