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December 03, 2021

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1,000 American Flags Honor Veterans with Field of Honor at The Hermitage

Sixth annual Field of Honor® pays tribute to the U.S. military with ceremonies and fireworks.

To pay tribute to the men and women who have served or are now serving in the U.S. military, 1,000 American flags will cover Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as a part of a Field of Honor®. The Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage has organized this event, in conjunction with the Colonial Flag Foundation and The Hermitage.

Field of Honor will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Thursday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 13. A dedication ceremony will happen at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 with master of ceremonies Rhori Johnston, Emmy Award-winning journalist with NewsChannel5, and keynote speaker Paul Stumb, IV, Cumberland University President and Professor and Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. A free, fireworks show with patriotic music will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. The Field of Honor display will conclude with a closing ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

“I cannot think of a more moving tribute to the many men and women who have served our country and sacrificed so much than The Field of Honor. This is an experience that must be felt,” said Desha L. Hearn, co-chair, Field of Honor. “The 1,000 3-by-5-foot American flags are placed in honor or memory of American veterans who have sacrificed, or are sacrificing, for our country. The Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage is proud to once again present this moving tribute on the grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. We are thankful to our sponsors, whose generosity allows the field to be free and open to the public.”

“The Hermitage is honored to host this amazing display of American flags for the sixth year. As the only presidential site to host a Field of Honor, we are immensely proud that our grounds can serve as the site of such a spectacular tribute to the brave men and women who serve – and have served – in our nation’s military,” said Howard J. Kittell, Andrew Jackson Foundation president and CEO.

Flags for the display may be sponsored for $30. After the event concludes, sponsors will be able to take their flags to their homes or businesses to fly proudly.

The Hermitage offers discounted admission to active duty military and veterans.

All proceeds raised through the Field of Honor display benefit REBOOT Combat Recovery, The Gary Sinise Foundation, The Family Center, Nashville USO, Youth Villages and Volunteers of America, among others. For more information, visit www.FOHNashville.com.

Details on the week’s events are below:

Dedication Ceremony
Where:
 Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Entrance is at 421 Highland Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076
When: Friday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.
Who: Emmy award-winning journalist Rhori Johnston is the dedication ceremony’s master of ceremonies. Cumberland University President and Professor and Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves Paul Stumb, IV will give the keynote address. Andrew Jackson Foundation president and CEO Howard J. Kittell and President of the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage Wayne Tucker will also give remarks.

FREE Veterans Day Fireworks Show
Where:
 Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Entrance is at 421 Highland Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076
When: Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Closing Ceremony
Where: Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Entrance is at 421 Highland Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076
When: Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.