Idaho Falls Honors Fallen Veterans at 10th Annual Field of Honor

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Falls Field of Honor event celebrates its 10th anniversary on this Memorial Day.

Dozens of neighbors joined the local swap club on Saturday morning, to honor deceased local and national heroes.

DOZENS OF NEIGHBORS ARE JOINED AT THE LOCAL EXCHANGE CLUB IN FREEMAN PARK SATURDAY MORNING, TO HONOR FALLEN LOCAL AND NATIONAL HEROES.

“Everyone who comes here. You know, sure, it’s inspiring to see all the flags, but a lot of them come to honor those who have served,” Exchange Club member Dan Kahl said. “So on each of these flags, you can sponsor a loved one or a comrade could even be a local hero, a police officer or your favorite teacher.

More than a thousand flags lined the green fields of Freeman Park.

Most bear the names of heroes we’ve lost over the years.

One family had members travel from California to bring their veteran father’s flag.

“Josh Baird just passed away two months ago,” the Baird family said. “We came here every year with him. So this year they gave him a flag. So we came to see him. »

“I pay tribute to my father, something who served in Korea in 1953 56 today, and to my father-in-law, Randall Bender, who served in WWII with the Engineering Group in Germany “, Kahl said.

Organizers say the emotions here cross generations.

This, they say, is the true meaning of this holiday.

“We’ve got little kids running around the field playing through the flags and just enjoying life and having fun, you know, veterans bringing their kids, showing them that’s something important,” said Exchange Club member Kevin Cutler. “Then we get really old veterans who can barely walk. They’re here to, you know, remember their friends who also fell. So it’s a whole range of emotions and just wonderful to see.

The Field of Honor will be open until after Remembrance Day.

Denise W. Whigham