RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – In honor of Memorial Day, many organizations throughout Central North Carolina honor those who have served.
More than 500 flags were planted on the field at the Raleigh Baseball Complex Monday to honor veterans and first responders.
The Field of Honor has become an annual Wake County tradition, honoring those who gave their lives in service.
“Veterans, military, law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, many community heroes who have come together to make our community a safer and better place,” said Angie Stafford of the Exchange Clubs of Wake County. She told CBS 17 that there is a story behind each of the flags placed.
“Each of the flags is dedicated to someone in memory or honor. This particular flag is identified by the blue and represents a law enforcement officer. This is dedicated to Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth who died on duty.”
The group also held a memorial ceremony Monday morning. Daniel Fissel is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army. He served as the keynote speaker at the event.
“You have a special place in your heart for the people represented by these flags because I do what they did and I’m just happy to be here. Any of those flags could be me and someone else could be standing here today and it’s just a very special time and a very special memory,” said Fissel.
Many veterans were also present at Monday’s ceremony. Buck Clifton and Jack Pegram grew up together in Raleigh and served in the Navy together. On Monday they picked up their own flags on the field.
“It’s a beautiful sight and I only wish more people would attend these events,” Clifton said.
“There are a lot of people who love and care about this country very much and I hope it continues like that,” Pegram said.
In addition to the 500 flags, 21 flags were planted in the field in honor of the 19 students and 2 teachers who were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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