Photo by Barb Benedict

The Exchange Club of Mesquite invites you to again be part of an awe-inspiring Mesquite tradition as they present the Thirteenth Annual One Thousand Flags over Mesquite tribute to our military and our veterans.

The field of 1000 American flags will be assembled on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, Nov. 4, and will stand proudly until Nov. 11, 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.

We welcome help from young and old alike in setting up the field at 9a.m. on Sunday, November 4. (Remember, Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday night).

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.

There will be a single ceremony presented at the field, on Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 PM, at which 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. 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.

For more information, please call 702-377-1465 or visit us on the web at