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Honoring Our Heroes

The Field of Honor, sponsored by the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary, pays tribute to local heroes

Forget the movies, real-life heroes walk amongst us right here in Northern Colorado. More than 500 incredible people were honored over Memorial Day weekend at the Field Of Honor with an awe-inspiring patriotic tribute.  

Five hundred American flags, each adorned with a medallion flew in formation to recognize all kinds of local heroes. The medallions accompanying each flag had the name of a nominated person, as well as part of their story, and what makes them a hero.  

These inspiring individuals could be any kind of hero- veterans, active military, first responders, medical workers, teachers, community leaders, and personal heroes.  

These true heroes of our community don’t usually get the recognition they deserve. The Field Of Honor was the opportunity for the public to show appreciation, remembrance, and gratitude towards them.   

Sponsored by the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary, the president of the organization, Andy Groger says the point of the Field of Honor is not only to show appreciation to our local heroes, but to “educate future generations regarding the role real-life heroes play- or have played- in our lives.” 

Groger also said of the Memorial Day tribute that “it’s a place of beauty where each of us can pause, reflect, and be thankful for our heroes.” A meaningful way to celebrate the long weekend that is so much more than just the beginning of summer. 

Also at Veterans Plaza over the long weekend was the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall.  This reflective wall has the names of thousands of service members who were killed or went missing in the Vietnam War. A beautiful remembrance of those that sacrificed all.  

These tributes were at Spring Canyon Community Park at Veterans Plaza from May 26 to May 29 of this year.