We are working on our programs for the 2018 Field of Honor® to bring you a week filled with inspiring patriotism that best honors our country, our flag, and best of all, our heroes! Here is what we have so far, but check back often to see new events that will be added to make this year’s Field of Honor® even more spectacular!
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HONOR OUR HEROES WITH A FLAG!
FLAG SALES AT THE FIELD WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 p.m. IN THE EVENT TENT ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, AND WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH NOVEMBER 12th (as long as supplies last). Purchase flags to dedicate to your heroes for a $40 donation per flag.
Click HERE to order your flag(s) online between NOW and October 31st. After that, flags will be available for purchase at the Field of Honor® tent daily.
RE-POST YOUR FLAG FROM LAST YEAR!
REMEMBER TO BRING BACK YOUR FLAG(S) FROM LAST YEAR. We will re-post your flag for a $20 donation per flag. We will provide a new dedication tag for each flag. Please be sure to bring the whole assembly – flag, pole, and finial (gold topper) and the rebar if you got it. Please be sure that your flag(s) is/are in PERFECT condition. We cannot re-post worn flags. If you only have a flag, we will provide a new pole, finial and rebar at no cost this year. When you pick up your flag(s) this year, be sure to take the entire assembly as next year there will be a charge to replace them.
GISD SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS will be organized throughout the week. Over 1,000 7th and 8th graders will have an opportunity to learn about our flag history, wars, and branches of the military and first responders during their field trips to the Field of Honor®. The Williamson Museum will provide educational presentations from their “Traveling Trunk” shows that will teach as well as entertain kids of all ages, and the children will have a chance to meet and ask questions current military, veterans, and first responders.
ISDs and charter schools that are interested in participating may contact Richard McVay at: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to take the children to the field. There will be reserved parking provided for school busses.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Click the links below to jump to each day’s schedule of events.
Saturday, November 3rd
Sunday, November 4th
Monday, November 5th
Tuesday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 8th
Friday, November 9th
Saturday, November 10th
Sunday, November 11th
Monday, November 12th – Veterans Day Observed
Saturday, November 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
~ FIELD SET-UP DAY! Come watch Georgetown’s finest off-duty police, fire, WILCO sheriff & EMS, and volunteers set up over 1800 flags! And then enjoy the FIRST RESPONDER / PUBLIC SAFETY DISPLAYS that will give everyone a chance to see all their latest equipment and enjoy interacting with some of our wonderful police, fire, sheriff and EMS teams!
Sunday, November 4th, 2:00 p.m.
~ OPENING CEREMONIES will take place on at the Field of Honor® in the event tent at the San Gabriel Park Activity Field at 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss this exciting event featuring Fort Hood’s amazing 1st Cavalry Band followed by the rumble of the Patriot Guard Riders, the majesty of the Georgetown High School’s Marching Band, a solemn combined armed services and first responder color guard, Military Order of the Purple Heart flag, JROTC, Boy Scouts, Georgetown Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums, and a grand finale with the legendary Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Color Guard presenting our national and state colors. A moving 21-gun salute and taps will be provided and The Sons of the Republic of Texas will have a Canon and Muskets demonstration.
Major General Paul T. Calvert, Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood will be our keynote speaker. A fabulous static display of vintage military vehicles will be presented by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association all afternoon, a “Missing Man Table” and “Soldier’s Cross” will be presented by Heroes Night Out, and much more! It will be a great patriotic day that will inspire gratitude for our country, our military and first responders, and our flag!
Following the Opening Ceremonies, please stay for the following special event:
~ INTERFAITH BLESSING OF THE FIELD and a CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE, 3:30 p.m., The Georgetown Ministerial Alliance will provide uplifting musical performances and inspiring messages of gratitude during this special presentation! The famed Company A – 9th Cavalry of The Buffalo Soldiers will be a special part of the Celebration of Gratitude, presenting their customary salute, providing a display of artifacts, and being available for photos after the event.
Also, Mr. Glenn Towery, a Vietnam combat veteran and present-day artist who served in the United States Navy, will be displaying his paintings depicting some Heroes from WWI and WWII. His paintings were recently exhibited at the “BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM in Houston, Texas. For more information about Mr. Towery and his work, please visit: ” Austin Revealed ” Full PBS Documentary Glenn Towery http://video.klru.tv/video/
Monday, November 5th, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
~ ROTARY MULTI-CLUB MEETING honoring Veterans and First Responders
The luncheon and program at the Field of Honor® will have a breathtaking backdrop of 2,000 U.S. flags, 27 historical flags of the United States, and the Six Flags of Texas!ll Rotarians are invited and are encouraged to bring guests that are veterans or first responders. They will be individually honored at the meeting. A Quilt of Valor ceremony will also be presented!
Registration is required in advance as space is limited – first come, first served. Members can make reservations individually or clubs can reserve a table.
Click on the link below, print it, and send your reservation to Karron Wilson either by mail or by email to the address on the form.
Reservations must be received by October 30th.
Tuesday, November 6th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
~ THE FINAL SALUTE! Boy Scout Troop 155 will present a moving flag retirement ceremony to properly dispose of tattered flags. VILLAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR will also delight all in attendance with a musical presentation! Bring the whole family to enjoy this ceremony and the music!
If you have a tattered flag that needs to be retired, please take it to Mel’s Lone Star Lanes. There is a receptacle there for your flag. These flags will be properly retired during the Final Salute Ceremony!
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
NOTE: There has been a change in this program. George Washington was scheduled to appear; however, an unforeseen conflict arose and he cannot participate. But good news! His friend, Benjamin Franklin, will be taking his place!
~ Meet Benjamin Franklin! The Daniel Coleman Daughters of the American Revolution chapter will present an inspiring and fun-filled evening of music from the Round Rock Singers and DAR Singers, informative historical information, and a chance listen to Ben Franklin – LIVE! Photo ops too! Don’t miss it! All are welcome!
Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 p.m.
~ PATRIOTIC CONCERT AND READINGS OF LETTERS FROM WAR at the Field of Honor®. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with inspiring patriotic and other enjoyable music against the backdrop of the stunning field of flags. Singing sensation Avery Logan from East View High School, “Tempest,” a featured quartet of A Capella Texas, Austin’s Chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Society, and the delightful Shot of Texas Band will be performing!
Between performances, the Williamson Museum will provide poignant vignettes portraying writings of actual letters from wars from the Civil War to present. This years’ letters are from local families that will be meaningful to all of us! Join us for this fun and emotion-filled evening.
Friday, November 9th
~ 5:30 p.m. – Poppy’s Quilt of Valor will present several quilts to veterans at a special ceremony under the tent. All are welcome to attend and celebrate those who will receive quilts.
~ GEORGETOWN is the FIRST PURPLE HEART CITY IN TEXAS! This year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1919 will present a moving TRIBUTE TO PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS in the event tent at the Field of Honor® at 7:00 p.m. This tribute will also include an emotional PRESENTATION OF QUILTS OF VALOR that are locally made in honor of local heroes. The Quilt of Valor segment is organized and presented by Poppy’s Quilt of Valor through the Quilt n’ Sew store on Williams Drive. Finally, Williamson County Judge Gattis and the County Commissioners will make an exciting announcement related to the Purple Heart efforts! Don’t miss this wonderful tribute. All are welcome!
Saturday, November 10th ~ THREE events will take place this day:
~ An “HONOR WALK” 5K – 8:00 a.m. will be presented by Sertoma, Heroes Night Out, and Blue Star Moms will present this fun filled morning to start off the day.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Cypress Pavilion in San Gabriel Park and the walking course will follow along the path of the N San Gabriel River. The Honor Walk is a 5k with water stops along the way (playground and restrooms nearby). Walkers will be given the opportunity to announce the name of the Veteran or First Responder they are walking to honor. The walk will end at the Field of Honor®.
The cost of this event is $10 and will be collected the day of the event. Mark your calendars now to participate! Click HERE for more information and to register for the Honor Walk!
You’ll be back from this walk just in time to enjoy the Veteran and First Responder Resource Expo hosted by the Sun City Rotary Club!
~ A VETERAN AND FIRST RESPONDER RESOURCE EXPO will be provided by the Sun City Rotary Club in the event tent from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members of the military, veterans, and first responders and their families are encouraged to attend! All are welcome!
To be an exhibitor, the organization or institution must provide resources or special services to veterans and/or first responders. Non-profit organizations whose membership is specific to veterans or first responders are welcome! To be an exhibitor, please click on the downloadable thumbnail below, print the form, and complete the information. Mail the completed form with your credit card information or check to the address indicated. You may scan and email the completed form if you are paying by credit card. Spaces are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Contact Sam Smith at 512-676-5534 if you have questions. Hurry! The available spaces will sell out soon. Deadline for receiving requests to participate is October 26th. If spaces are sold out prior to that date, your payment will not be processed and/or checks will be returned.
~ PATRIOTS BALL! Prepare for an evening of elegance, fabulous food, amazing auction items, live music, dancing and a fitting tribute to our heroes at the PATRIOTS BALL, held at the Austin Georgetown Sheraton at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are required.
Click HERE to reserve your table today!
Sunday, November 11th
Note: Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year; therefore, the Federal holiday will be observed on Monday, November 12th.
ARMISTICE DAY BELLS WILL RING! At 11:00 a.m. there will be a bell ringing ceremony in honor of the 100th anniversary of ARMISTICE DAY. Bells will be tolled 21 times around the country in commemoration of those who severed and sacrificed. The Field of Honor® will participate in honor of American men and women who served 100 years ago during World War I, especially the 116,516 who died. The war ended by an armistice agreement between the warring countries at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.
~ Honor Flight Austin will host an HONOR FLIGHT REUNION AND TRIBUTE at the Field of Honor® from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for all who have gone on an Honor Flight, as well as their families and friends, and all who would like to honor and celebrate these amazing heroes. Learn more about Honor Flights and how you can participate! Enjoy refreshments after the event (as long as they last), courtesy of Honor Flight Austin.
Monday, November 12th (Veterans Day Observed)
~ CLOSING CEREMONIES at the Field of Honor® (Approx. 3:00 p.m.)
Be sure to attend Sun City’s tribute to Veterans at 11:00 a.m. Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Drive in Sun City, Georgetown, TX. Click HERE for more information.
Join us at the Field of Honor® in the afternoon following the Sun City events!
PICK UP THE FLAG(S) YOU PURCHASED (including the pole, finial, and rebar) between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. You can repost them next year for a nominal fee/donation. The flags must be in perfect condition to be reposted.
Please note that flags not picked up by the end of the day become the property of the Rotary Club of Georgetown for resale the following year. If you think you may not be able to pick up your flag(s) by 6:00 p.m. on November 12th, please plan on having your flag(s) shipped to you or your honoree when you purchase them.
*The event schedule is subject to change as we continue to enhance each day of the Field of Honor®. Check back frequently for exciting updated information.