About 1,000 U.S. flags will be the focus amid the woods and grassy fields of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage from Nov. 7-16 to pay homage to veterans.
The display of 1,000 American flags will be on Victory Field, between the stately antebellum mansion and historic Lebanon Road. The Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage will serve as sponsor.
According to Desha Hearn, who is in charge of the event, this is the fourth-annual display that salutes veterans with a display of flags that fly even in the dark, illuminated and spectacular, during the patriotic bow to veterans both past and present.
“It’s in tribute to veterans whose service and sacrifices give our national flag meaning,” she said. “And, the Hermitage provides a beautiful and appropriate site.”
It’s a partnership between the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage presidential site.
The entrance will be at Highland View and Lebanon Road.
Hearn said the scape of red, white and blue is hard to describe, but once experienced, it will never be forgotten.
There is no charge to visit the display, and everyone is invited to walk the row of flags.
Hearn said they partnered with the Colonial Flag Foundation after Sept. 11, 2001. Prior to the event, they put on a car show for 19 years.
“We approached the Hermitage about this event, and they love it,” she said. “I believe it’s the only such display on a Presidential site.”
There are several sponsors. Among them are Park Haven Community, Brauer and SRM Concrete.
Sunbelt Rentals supports the event and lights up the flags at night.
“All the flags are planted before we start,” said Hearn. “A local high school group plants them the days before.”
People sponsor a flag in honor of veterans and are able to retrieve their flag, pole and rebar after the event.
The opening ceremony will be Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. with an honor guard, Eagle Scout pledge of allegiance and gospel singers. The closing ceremony will be Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. with “Taps” in round. Sponsors and individuals may take their flags away with them to display them.
On Nov. 9, there will be fireworks on site at 7 p.m. with patriotic music.
“We are so proud of our vets,” said Hearn. “People need to come out. The Hermitage is very proud to honor the veterans with this tribute. It’s exciting to add the fireworks this year.”