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The Hermitage Honors Veterans With 1,000 Flags, Free Fireworks Show

Fifth 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. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 14. A dedication ceremony will happen at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 with master of ceremonies Rhori Johnston, Emmy Award-winning journalist with NewsChannel5, and keynote speaker Lt. General (Retired) John M. Pickler. A free, fireworks show with patriotic music will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The Field of Honor display will conclude with a closing ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

1,000 American flags on display at the Hermitage

“The Field of Honor is hard to describe but easy to be felt when you see it in person,” 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. Our Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage is proud to present this moving tribute on the grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Thanks to our sponsors, the field is free and open to the public.”

“The Hermitage is honored to host this amazing display of American flags for the fifth year. As the only presidential site to host a Field of Honor, we feel extremely 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 always offers free admission to active duty military and half-price admission to veterans. All veterans will receive free admission on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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

Details on the weekend’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. 6, at 2 p.m.

Who:
Emmy award-winning journalist Rhori Johnston is the dedication ceremony’s master of ceremonies. Lt. General (Retired) John M. Pickler is the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Andrew Jackson Foundation president and CEO Howard J. Kittell and Field of Honor co-chair Desha L. Hearn 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. 7, 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. 14 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.