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Weeklong Murrieta Field of Honor Kicks Off Sunday

Beginning with an opening ceremony Sunday, 2,012 American flags will fly at Murrieta Field of Honor in Town Square Park.

Against a backdrop of 2,012 American flags, Murrieta’s fourth annual Field of Honor at Town Square Park offers a wide-range of entertainment.

The opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 will feature the 36-member Southwest Women’s Chorus, directed by Bill Paisner. Chalk artists have been invited to develop a Patriot’s Walk at the edge of the field for the first time this year.

A Candlelight Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 features the Murrieta Valley and Murrieta Mesa high school choirs singing patriotic songs with the Regal Players reading Letters from Soldiers in the Battlefields.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mike “Majik” Boyd headlines an American Soldier concert at 2 p.m., following a noon celebration of the U.S. Marines 237th birthday, complete with cake cutting. The Sunshine Generation will also perform at the afternoon concert.

A Military Expo is also planned for Saturday, Nov. 10. There will be information and resources for past, present and future Military families. The Expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and even offers an opportunity for free shredding.

Murrieta’s 10th annual Veterans Day parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, and winds its way from the city’s Historic Downtown to Town Square Park, the site of the Field of Honor. The closing ceremony for the Field of Honor is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Murrieta Field of Honor recognizes those who served or are serving in the United States armed forces, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts as well as other personal heroes.

Flags may be purchased for $35 and will be tagged with the name and rank, service or other designation. At the end of the week, flags may be picked up by those who purchase them.

The American flags are 3 x 5 feet on an 8-foot pole. They can be purchased on the Field of Honor website, Murrietafieldofhonor.com.

The Field of Honor is presented by the Rotary Club of Murrieta in partnership with the city of Murrieta and is held in the park which stretches from City Hall at Jefferson Avenue and Kalmia Street, to the Library.

Joining the Rotary Club as 2012 Field of Honor sponsors are Kaiser Permanente; Pechanga; Rosenstein & Hitzeman, AAPLC; Dick Lawe, State Farm Insurance; Securitas; Wal-mart; Waste Management; Loma Linda University Medical Center; Law Offices of Dennis F. Fabozzi, APC; Dogtopia of Temecula; Abbott Vascular; American Pacific Mortgage; BAMM Promotions; Bear Creek Storage; Bryant & Associates Insurance; Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley; Comprehensive Autism Center; Constant Companion Home Care;  Craig and Claudia Knopp; Domenigoni-Barton; Excel Landscape; F4RV; Glass Doctor; International Mobile Group; Murrieta Valley Funeral Home; Napa Auto Parts; Near-Cal; Rancho Ford; ReStore – Habitat for Humanity; Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone; Stifel Nicolaus; Stromsoe Insurance Agency;  Western Municipal Water District, and CR&R Environmental Services.

Net proceeds from the Field of Honor benefit the “Murrieta Through Time” history walk and the both at Town Square Park.

—Submitted by Rotary Club of Murrieta

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