ARCHDALE — A day of remembrance at Creekside Park began what many hope will become a tradition in the city.
Archdale’s inaugural Field of Honor event Friday celebrated the lives of those who served their country, both living and deceased. Lewis Dorsett, Archdale mayor pro tem, opened with comments about members of the community who served, specifically Jacob Carroll, a 20-year-old Army specialist from Trinity who died Nov. 13, 2010, during a suicide bomber’s attack in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
“Memorial Day traditionally honors those who died while serving, but ours has been expanded,” said Dorsett, also a teacher at Trinity. “Not all died while serving, but we did have some [in the community] who did. I hold a special place in my heart, as I had Jake as a student at Trinity High School. There are others here too, and we need to hold them in our hearts.
“Our hope is that this becomes an annual event where we will add a few dozen flags each year.”
Dozens of residents and visitors attended the Field of Honor dedication ceremony for which more than 60 flags were on display. The flags will remain on display through June 7 at Creekside Park, in the field adjacent to the Archdale Library.
A member of the Archdale Parks and Recreation Advisory Board developed the idea, Jocelyn Moon said. Moon, the marketing and program coordinator for Archdale Parks and Rec, said she was pleased to find out the West End VFW was willing to partner with the city for the event.
“We all thought it was a good idea, but we weren’t sure where to begin,” Moon said. “Thankfully, we discovered that the West End VFW had been putting together a Field of Honor for years. We contacted them and they were kind enough to share their knowledge with us. Parks and Recreation representatives also met with the Archdale VFW to obtain their input and assistance.”
For those in attendance, the memory of loved ones who fought for freedom was at the forefront of their consciousness.
Dorsett encouraged the ones who had congregated to stop and reflect for a moment every day on the sacrifices made by those who served their country. Quoting the late President Ronald Reagan, Dorsett said “some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem.”
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