Farmington flag display honors fallen veterans on Memorial Day | KOB 4

Farmington flag display honors fallen veterans on Memorial Day

Diana Castillo
Updated: May 31, 2021 08:28 PM
Created: May 31, 2021 06:30 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Hundreds of flags were blowing in the wind and standing tall to honor fallen heroes from San Juan County. 

“Oh this is nice, I've been around this whole country and every state and I've never seen anything like this," said Edward Jackman, veteran.

Jackman served for over 20 years, including during World War II. His dog tag was among the many displayed on Memorial Day. Most of the dog tags were dedicated to those who've lost their lives.

The San Juan County Rotary Club started the Memorial Day flag display project called Healing Field about nine years ago.

“It’s really been a neat addition to Farmington and San Juan County. We actually have people come from all over that walk the field, but it’s a neat reminder for our community to remind them what Memorial Day is all about," said  Dawn Bourgeois, SJC rotary club president.

Last year the event was virtual. This year, however, people were able to come by to pay their respects in person. 

“It's impossible to forget them, isn’t it? It’s very important that we have people that are willing to protect the country," said Nancy Saxton, a visitor.

The flags are not just in honor of the men and women from the military, but first responders who died in the line of service, too.

The Healing Field flag display will be open to the public till Monday, 10 p.m  and will be taken down on the morning of June 1. 

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