LIFE

Community Transforms Lawn To Honor Fallen Soldiers By Planting 6,930 American Flags

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Every two years, the plush, green lawn of the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut, gets a patriot makeover to remember and pay tribute to the soldiers who have died protecting the country’s freedom.

Volunteers from the community come out to plant 6,930 American flags in the ground, with each flag representing a life lost on duty.

“Since 2009, we have been doing this field of flags every two years and we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of community members who have come by to simply walk the field, to look at each flag, to pray, to sit and reflect,” Reverend Dr. Alida Ward said. “It is a powerful witness.”

Before 2009, the church would display lists of the fallen soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to honor those who have lost their lives.

Many who help plant the flags have family or friends serving overseas.

“My son is serving in the army for eight years now and he did a tour in Afghanistan… and lost 14 of his comrades,” Craig Harris says. “So, it’s very moving to be able to at least do some type of tribute for them.”

Once all 6,930 American flags are placed for the soldiers, it creates a sea of red, white, and blue. Dozens of them are also arranged to spell “US.”

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