Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester

Annual Community Grant

The Healing Field of Honor is back for its second consecutive year in the lawn of John Handley High School.

Over 1000 flags will be on display in a patriotic tribute to honor first responders, military members, or just anyone who is a personal hero.

The opening ceremony featured local keynote speakers, a C-17 flyover, and a parachutist on Thursday afternoon.

The display will remain available for 24 hour viewing until the closing ceremony on May 30th at 3 pm.

Flags can still be purchased online or on location with all proceeds going to the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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Fun Fact June 14, 2021.

Today is Flag Day, but how did that come about?  In 1775, when the American Revolution broke out, the colonists were not fighting under a unified flag.  Most of the regiments were fighting the British under their own flags.  During a meeting of the Second Continental Congress in June of 1775 the Continental Army was formed, which also led to the first American flag.  It was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the corner. For some, this was a little too close to the British flag.  George Washington realized that having a flag that even remotely resemble the British flag was not a great confidence builder.  According to History dot com, On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”   In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson, through a decree to mark the anniversary, made June 14th officially Flag Day.