Sacred Heart Church Youth will be hosting the “Field of Flags” this fall.
Over 6,000 flags will be placed in the lawn of the church, each flag representing an American casualty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The flags are placed to honor and remember those who have given their lives in the conflicts. The flags will be on display from September 22 – October 12.
“The Field of Flags is a silent, patriotic, and poignant reminder of the cost of war,” said Mary Korsu of Sacred Heart Church. “They represent our respect for those who have served and are currently serving in the military and our hope for peace in the future.”
The memorial project is called “Field of Flags” and is a volunteer project that began in 2005 at the Somers Congregational Church as a way to honor the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout the years, it has worked its way through over 48 churches across the country, more than half of them are churches in Connecticut. Along with flags, a list of casualties by state is displayed on a name board by the field, with the name and rank of each veteran.
All residents are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South in Southbury with a reception to follow.