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American flags retired at Field of Honor ceremony in Danville

The Danville Rotary Club officially retired most of its American flags at the Field of Honor Tuesday at a closing ceremony. (@CourtnyJodonTV)

The Danville Rotary Club officially retired most of its American flags at the Field of Honor Tuesday at a closing ceremony.

More than 1,000 American Flags have been waving near the Dan River at the corner of Memorial Drive and Main Street since June 14th, which is Flag Day.

The Rotary Club of Danville has been displaying the American Flags for three years now. The club's tradition is to retire the flags each Independence Day.

Rotarian Charlie Abercrombie, and his wife, Sue, came up with the idea several years ago after traveling to Cody, Wyoming. They said they were inspired to do this in Danville when they noticed 500 flags on display on Cody's courthouse lawns and park.

"They honor not only the service men, which is the primary purpose of this... but the first responders... the police, the fire men, the life saving crew, the sheriff's," Abercrombie said. "We had representatives from all of them you know come join us today to be recognized."

Hundreds of people were at the flag ceremony to show their respect for America, as well as, the men and women who were honored and remembered.

Each flag represented a hero.

Nearly 40 businesses from Danville and the surrounding areas sponsored local heroes.

Mayor John Gilstrap and Council member Sherman Saunders also came to the ceremony.

Army and Marine Veteran Joseph Spence was one of the honorees.

"Freedom is not free, and a lot of people don't realize what people went through," Spence said.

They also honored Danville Life Saving Crew member Kitty Stone.

"To me this is a way that I can give back to the community," Stone said.

"Standing beside my flag, I'm proud," Stone said. "I am so proud and I'm thankful and to the organization who sponsored me... thank you."

Abercrombie and the Rotary Club of Danville hope to add at least 500 more flags to next year's Field of Honor.

It costs $40 to purchase a flag and sponsor someone whom is alive or has passed away.

For those who have purchased a flag in the past for the Field of Honor, you can bring that flag back again and put it on display with the others each year for $10.

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