The Field of Honor, with the planting of 1,776 American flags and commemorating Armed Forces Day, was not only a successful fundraising event, but a massive show of support honoring our men and women currently serving — or who have served — our country both in war and in peace. A steady stream of visitors stopped by the Exchange Club's information booth to dedicate flags to loved ones or to strangers, to seek more information, to volunteer, to assist, even for an hour, to post flags, tie ribbons, to place dedication labels on the ribbons.
People from all over Orange County, by the hundreds, strolled the Castaways Park paths and then stopped by to tell us their own personal story of their own personal hero. We could easily post a full page of interesting anecdotes.
The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor thanks everyone who took part in any way. We certainly want to acknowledge our mayor, the City Council and city staff for their personal and logistical support. We express great appreciation for the many sponsors and organizations for their contributions, and thank the Daily Pilot for its continual coverage of our event.