The Field of Honor is a program of the Colonial Flag Foundation, a non-profit organization created in 2003 after the first Healing Field was orchestrated by Paul Swenson, president of Colonial Flag in Sandy, Utah as a way to visualize the sheer enormity of human loss that occurred in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Today, the programs of the Colonial Flag Foundation have expanded beyond healing memorials to include moving tributes of honor, celebration, civic pride, education such as ours here in Catonsville. As a fundraising event, each flag is sponsored by area residents and businesses to pay event expense and help support local charities.
In 2013, our Event Chairman Dan Simons of Hubbard Funeral Home wanted to bring a Field of Honor event to the greater Southwest Baltimore County area. Having seen a similar event in his home state of New York several years before Dan believed that a patriotic Memorial Day weekend display of over 1000 full-size American flags would be an incredible way to remember our Veterans and the sacrifices they have endured.
After reviewing several areas to display the memorial, Dan approached the Charlestown Retirement Community to host this memorial because it offered a secure area inside it's campus to display the flags, access to electricity, parking and from his past experience with its residents, he knew there was no better group of veterans and patriotic Americans to help volunteer and support the Field of Honor's mission to remember those who have served our great nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice for God and country.
Dan and his wife Heather Brown-Simons and Hubbard Funeral Home present the Field of Honor at Charlestown and underwrite all event expenses until there's enough proceeds to cover costs each year. The rental of the grounds at Charlestown and the assistance of their many outstanding employees help to ensure a successful event each year.
The growing numbers of volunteers each year has been a huge factor if the continued success of the Field of Honor presented by Hubbard Funeral Home event. It takes over 150 volunteers and thousands of man hours to accomplish and event this large every year. Without their dedication and the support of area businesses, this event could not take place. We thank you from the bottom of our heart for your continued support.
Over the past 4 years, net-proceeds from our Field of Honor event has totaled nearly $50,000 which has been donated to the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Second Chance and Warfighter Sports.