Thirteen original colonies.
Thirteen alternating red and white stripes.
Thirteen years ago, the members of the Exchange Club of Mesquite founded a tradition and a source of pride in our valley – One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, an annual week-long Field of Honor to America’s military and veterans.
Each year, volunteers step forward to help set up a field of 1,000 full-size American flags on the Recreation Center field, and help dismantle it when the week is over. Patriotic souls dedicate 3 hours of their time to stand watch over the field. And the Veterans Day ceremony is well-attended.
One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite touches the hearts of everyone, drawing visitors (and volunteers) from hundreds of miles away. Truckers sound their air horns in respect as they pass on the interstate, the ceremonies are standing-room only, and the assistance from the City, business sponsors, and other community organizations is invaluable.
This year, Exchange Club members and volunteers will erect the Flags on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 4, and this stunning display of respect will stand proudly until Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11, 24 hours a day, rain or shine. Of course, the field is lighted at night, and dedicated volunteers will maintain a watchful vigil in 3 hour shifts.
Visit the field – once or often. Whether this is the first time you experience One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite or whether you make it a point to witness and be part of this magnificent display every year, the sense of patriotism you will feel cannot be described – you simply have to experience it for yourself. Be sure to bring your camera; the precision and grandeur of the display is truly memorable, day or night.
Walk slowly through the field. Each star-spangled sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served, and are serving our great nation at home and abroad. Listen to their stories with your heart, read the dedications, offer your thanks for their sacrifices, and share your silent prayers with them.
In 2018, there will be a single ceremony presented at the field on Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 PM. The Mesquite Fire Department will conduct a dignified and poignant Flag Retirement. If you have a worn or weathered American Flag that should be retired, please feel free to bring it to the field anytime during the week.
The Exchange Club of Mesquite is a major supporter of local veterans’ programs and services right here in the Virgin Valley, and One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite is a primary fundraiser. Business and corporate Field of Honor sponsorships, as well as individual Flag sponsors make One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite possible each year.
We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each. You will be given a ribbon of remembrance to attach to your flag in honor of, or in memory of an important veteran in your life. There is room on the dedication tag to add your own words of recognition. Remember, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite honors every veteran and member of America’s military, living or deceased.
At the conclusion of the Veterans Day ceremony, you are welcome to either take the flag home that you sponsored to display proudly, or donate it back to the project, to be included in next year’s One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. In either case, keep your dedication ribbon as a reminder of your special veteran.