'Field of Honor' pays tribute to local veterans

Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 20:26:10-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Veterans are being remembered on Veteran's Day with flags on the "Field of Honor" at the Hermitage.

The Hermitage has the only "Field of Honor" on a Presidential site in the country. The Exchange Club places American flags on the property, just off Lebanon Road in honor of Veteran's Day.

The group placed 1,000 flags on the field and encourage everyone to visit the site and walk among them. Veteran Danny Gammons did just that Friday.

"Every year I've passed by, I've never stopped and wandered about it and I just saw it," Gammons said.

He served a total of 23 years of military service in the U.S. Navy. But he stopped to by the field to honor his relatives who had served in the military, not himself. He bought one of the field of honor flags and wrote their names on it.

"It makes me feel proud to have served my country honorably and remember those who didn't come home or passed before me and it's a great honor," said Gammons.

One of the core values of the Donelson Hermitage Exchange Club is Americanism. They are responsible for the tribute. Desha Hearn says this is one of her favorite projects each year.

"Our club members hang the names on the flags, and just reading the names - it's even moving for us to do that and honor them in such a special way," Hearn said.

As the banners wave on this moving tribute, Danny Gammons says he's grateful for what it stands for as he remembers the sacrifices of his uncles and father.

A fireworks display is set for Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Field of Honor display site. The field will be on display thru Friday, November 15.