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December 01, 2022

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Field of Honor to Salute Veterans at the Hermitage

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

Once again this year, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will be the site of Field of Honor, which displays 1,000 3-by-5-foot American flags in a show of respect to the men and women who have served or who are now serving in the U.S. military. The flags will cover Victory Field, which is part of the 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark. 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. 3 through Saturday, Nov. 12.

  • A dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 with master of ceremonies Rhori Johnston, Emmy Award-winning journalist with NewsChannel5; remarks from John Cooper, mayor of Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County; and a keynote address from Ginger Gilbert Ravella, author and ambassador with the Gary Sinise Foundation.
  • A free fireworks show with patriotic music will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • The Field of Honor display will conclude with a closing ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

“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 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 patriotic display of American flags for the seventh year. As the only presidential site to host a Field of Honor and as the home of one of our presidents who served in the military, we are immensely proud that the grounds here can be used for such a spectacular tribute to the brave men and women who serve – and have served – in defense of our nation’s freedom,” 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.

On Veterans Day, November 11, The Hermitage will offer complimentary Grounds Passes to all veterans and active duty military with a valid military ID. Discounted admission is always available at The Hermitage for 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 or  www.thehermitage.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. 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Who:               Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador and author Ginger Gilbert Ravella will be the keynote speaker. Remarks will be given by Mayor John Cooper, Andrew Jackson Foundation president and CEO Howard J. Kittell and President of the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage Terry Scholes. Serving as the master of ceremonies will be Emmy award-winning journalist Rhori Johnston.

FREE Fireworks Show

  • Where:            Victory Field at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Entrance is at 421 Highland Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076
  • When:             Saturday, Nov. 5, 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. 12 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 3-year-old Ezra.