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By BOBBIE GREEN

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The Mesquite Exchange Club has a fifteen-year tradition of flying 1,000 flags for a week to honor American service members and veterans. This year’s event will take place November 7-14.

Each year, the Exchange Club calls on patriotic volunteers to mobilize and help them achieve this goal. Set up and take down for the event is significant and takes around three hours each. The whole family can participate. The installation will begin at 9 a.m. on November 7 at the West Field of the Mesquite Recreation Center.
“Just show up if you’re willing to help,” said event coordinator Blanca Villarreal.

The 1000 Flags event is the primary fundraiser for the Exchange Club. Individuals, businesses and corporations are welcome to sponsor / purchase a three foot by five foot flag made in the USA for $ 35. These sponsored flags are then hoisted on the Field of Honor. Sponsors can keep the flag after its removal if they wish or they can return it. Each sponsor will receive a commemorative ribbon and a dedication tag on which they can add their own words.

“You have to walk slowly on the pitch,” said exchange club chairman Paul Benedict. “Each Star Sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served and serve our great nation at home and abroad.”

Flags can be sponsored before the event. To do this, stop by the Adonai Landscaping office at 822 Cinco Court Unit A in Mesquite or email for an online form to [email protected] Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The field of honor will be lit up all night long during the weeklong event. Volunteers will keep a vigilant watch in three-hour shifts, day and night.

A memorial service will be held on November 11, Veterans Day, starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include special musical performances, guest speakers and presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A final ceremony for this year’s event will take place on November 14 at 2 p.m.

A flag removal ceremony will also be organized by the Mesquite Fire and Rescue. Anyone with a weathered American flag that must be removed may bring it to the field of honor at any time of the week.

For more information, send an email to [email protected]

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