SIDNEY – The Shelby County Historical Society will erect the Field of Valor, 1,000 flag poles, just before Labor Day.
The display will be one of several events comprising the Week of Valor, a tribute to America’s wars and the people who fought them, on the battlefield and on the home front.
The goal is to sell 1,000 flags and have them all flying over Custenborder Park in Sidney. The Field of Valor is a program that honors veterans, first responders, home-town heroes and loved ones.
Anyone can purchase a flag for $30. It will fly with a dedicatory placard on it. Flags can be dedicated in honor or memory of anyone, not just veterans. The historical society wants the Field of Valor to honor and memorialize all loved ones from all wars and historical periods.
Flags may be picked up by purchasers at the end of the event. Flags can be shipped to purchasers for an additional $5 fee.
In 2010, a similar field of flags was done and area residents purchased 1,200 flags.
This year’s field will be open 24/7 from 8 a.m., Aug. 31, through 4 p.m., Sept. 6. People can walk among them and read the tags.
This year, in addition to individuals’ purchasing flags, local corporations have also purchased flags for each veteran on their staffs. Other businesses are encouraged to do the same.
To order a flag, contact the Shelby County Historical Society at 937-498-1653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.