Field of Honor approaches

Greg Merrell, a Vietnam-era veteran from Idaho Falls, looks over the Field of Honor Memorial at Freeman Park in this 2014 file photo. Monte LaOrange /

Hundreds of American flags will be raised over Freeman Park during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

The Idaho Falls Exchange Club and city of Idaho Falls are holding the fifth annual Field of Honor Memorial.

Apart from veterans, the ceremony honors police officers, firefighters, teachers, coaches, parents and anyone else deemed worthy of the honor, city councilman and event sponsor David Smith said.

“The flag presentation goes beyond just veterans — it’s honoring anyone who someone thinks of as their hero,” Smith said. “It’s a way to remember all our heroes with a community, family-oriented event for the entire weekend.”

Attendees can sponsor one of the memorial’s 1,000 flags with the name of a hero for $30. To sponsor a flag, visit or sign-up at Freeman during Memorial Day weekend.

Flag and corporate sponsorship proceeds benefit the Idaho Falls-based Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, Bonneville-Idaho Falls Crimestoppers and veterans groups.

A variety of events are scheduled over the course of the weekend.

Opening ceremonies begin at noon on Saturday. Music performances, demonstrations and presentations will follow each day of the weekend until flags are taken down at 4 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Flags also will be lit each evening after the day’s events conclude.

“And it looks stunning at night, especially if there’s no moon. It’s great for pictures,” Smith said.

Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 542-6762.