The celebration of the North Texas Field of Honor® was held in front of Keller Town Hall, located at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, on November 7. The field will be accepting flags until November 14.
One thousand seven hundred and seventy six (1776) U.S. flags, purchased by those who wished to honor their hero(es), are being flown, paying tribute to veterans, active and reserve duty military, first responders, and medical professionals during Veteran’s Day week, November 7 – 14, 2020. The full-size flags will have a card with the information of the individual in whose honor the flag was purchased. Net proceeds from the event will benefit veteran, first responder, medical professionals, and local Rotary Club charities.
Colors were presented by the Keller Police and Fire Honor Guard. The Keller High School Choir Quartet sang the National Anthem. Father Greg McBrayer, who serves as pastor at Saint Barnabas Anglican Church in Keller, is the Chief Flight Controller at American Airlines and Chairman of DFW Airport Chaplaincy led the prayer.
Emcee and CBS Channel 11 co-anchor Doug Dunbar opened the ceremony, by welcoming local political leaders and explaining the purpose of the ceremony. “Welcome Senator Hancock, Representative Capriglione, and Mayor McGrail, all our honored guests, but most of all to the men and women of the armed forces of the United States of America and to all our veterans who have worn the uniform of this great nation, to our first responders who serve and protect our families and to our medical professionals.”
Other speakers included Jocelyn Irby, President of the Rotary Club of Keller; Keller Mayor Pat McGrail; Representative Giovanni Capriglione; Senator for portions of Tarrant and Dallas Counties Kelly Hancock. Major (Retired) Karl Monger, who served in the US Army from 1983-1993, read The Spartan Pledge.
The Rotary Club of Keller, TX, whose 50 plus members are committed to the motto of “Service Above Self,” organized the North Texas Field of Honor®. The Club supports various charities and schools in the Keller area through service and contributions.