Flags will fill the lawn next to St. Mary Church and St. Mary School in Canandaigua from Sept. 11-14 as a way to pay tribute to both current and past servicemen and women, as well as first responders and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The four-day Field of Honor also will raise money for St. Mary School as well as the JACK Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that builds playgrounds in memory of Jack Heiligman, a Webster 3-year-old who passed away in October 2016.
Organizers of the Field of Honor hope to fill the lawn with more than 241 large American flags, which visitors will be welcome to walk among at no charge. Anyone interested may sponsor a flag for $40 in honor or in memory of family members or other loved ones, who will be named in tribute cards. Flag sponsors may keep their flags at the conclusion of the event on Sept. 14. Other sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
St. Mary’s school community is proud to be able to host a Field of Honor event this year, according to Principal Ann Marie Deutsch.
“Through our Field of Honor, we want to especially highlight our first responders who everyday perform heroic acts, and some of whom played a big role in our school’s history with their response to the fire of 1974,” said Deutsch, referring to a fire that gutted the school building on Feb. 20, 1974.
To learn more about St. Mary School’s Field of Honor, visit www.healingfield.org/canandaigua17 or call 585-396-0989.