The field of 1000 American flags will be assembled on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 9, and will stand proudly until November 16, 24 hours a day, rain or shine. Of course, the field is lighted at night, and volunteers from our community will maintain a watchful vigil at the field every minute of every day.
Visit the field – once or often. The sense of patriotism you will feel cannot be described; you simply have to experience it for yourself. Be sure to bring your camera, as the precision and grandeur of the display is truly memorable, day or night.
On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, at 6 p.m., your presence is encouraged at a stirring ceremony at the field. The Mesquite Veterans Honor Guard will present the colors, and the National Anthem will be sung by Brian Wursten. A number of presentations will be made on behalf of the Exchange Club.
One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite will conclude with a final inspiring ceremony on Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. Joseph Perez, Peer Mentor for the Wounded Warrior Project, will address the gathering. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard and the Mesquite Fire Department Honor Guard will participate with the ceremonial folding of our Nation’s Flag and a flag retirement ceremony.
Both the Veterans Day and Closing ceremonies will include patriotic musical selections from local groups including the Desert Dames Half Notes, the Sun City Sounds, and Dennis Hangey and his famous bagpipes.
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. We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each, and 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, living or deceased.
After the closing ceremony you are welcome to either take the flag you sponsored home 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.