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Idaho Falls community plants flags to honor veterans

The Idaho Falls community came together today to honor veterans by planting flags all around town.

Head over to Freeman Park and you’ll see 1,000 flags planted in the ground. They are part of the Field of Honor, an event recognizing those who have served for our country, including Kelly Cochrane-Bradley’s husband who passed away last year.

“It means a lot to know that he’s got the respect he needs,” Cochrane-Bradley said. “He went in at the age of 17 in 1972 and he went in during the Vietnam era and he actually retired out of Germany in 1992.”

The Field of Honor is a three day event featuring speakers, a pipe band, a fly over and even acrobats. Today’s focus was on child abuse prevention, but the rest of the weekend is dedicated solely to the veterans.

“It’s about the people who gave, made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy these freedoms and liberties that we live our lives under,” said JR Reseigh, a Field of Honor organizer.

That’s not the only place in town honoring veterans. Volunteers showed up to the Rosehill Cemetary to help the American Legion put out 1,000 flags at veterans graves. The flags are not only to honor the veterans who have died, but for their families as well.

“When they see the flag, that warms their heart because they fought under that flag,” said Bob Skinner, a veteran with the American Legion. “And so that flag is placed is there to honor them and it’s also for the family to know that we still care about their family members.”

The Field of Honor events continue Sunday at 11 am with the reading of names. Monday is the biggest day with reading of the names starting at 10:15 am followed by musical numbers and then a ceremony at noon.

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