Members of the Merced Sunrise Rotary and supporters came together on the lawn of Merced College on Thursday as part of a ceremony to highlight the numerous community organizations that help make the annual Field of Honor possible.
The Field of Honor began in 2013 following Bob and Betsy Hobbs’ return from a trip to Murrieta, California, where the Rotarians viewed a flag display for military veterans. Today’s patriotic display at Merced College consists of more than 2,000 flags. The event is organized by the Merced Sunrise Rotary in conjunction with Merced College. Residents are invited to take part in the display by placing a flag within the grid in the name of a loved one, friend, or important figure in their life that has served in the armed services or is actively serving in the military.
Those organizations who have helped make the event possible include: the Peter J. Gallo Memorial Foundation, Joseph Gallo Farms, Joseph Farms, Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union, Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center, Community Foundation of Merced County, Agrecom, Amie Marchini Senior Care, Bristol Hospice, Courtesy Rental Car, El Capitan Hotel, Fluetsch & Busby Insurance, Hinds Hospice, Hoffman Security, Johnson Industrial, KUBB-FM 96.3 / K97.5, KHTN-FM 104.7 / KYOS-AM 1480, Kellogg Supply, Kirby Manufacturing, Leap Carpenter Kemps Insurance, Merced Chevrolet, the Merced County Times, Merced Heart Associates, Merced Honda, Merced Mall, MERCO Credit Union, Minuteman Press, Nelson Environmental, Robert Tyler CFP, Travis Credit Union, Merced County Association of Realtors, UC Merced, and of course, Merced College.
Others individuals and organizations highlighted as part of the event’s program included Run for the Fallen sponsors and volunteers WinCo Foods, Costco, Grocery Outlet, Starbucks, Miss Elle Navarett, Merced County Food Bank, Disabled American Veterans Atwater/Merced Chapter 31, Alfonso Garcia, and the Buhach Colony High School Cross Country Team. Volunteers and special donors highlighted as part of the program included AAA Truckwash, Alan Arnold, Blue Star Mothers of America, California Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing, Castle Air Museum, Central Valley Rentals, Connie Owens, Dustin Thompson, Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Glen Galman, Merced College Veteran Center, Merced County Honor Guard, Merced County Rescue Mission, Merced Marching 100, Merced Union High School District, Ross Simonet, Russel Vara, Ryan Cromar, Scouts BSA Troop 88, Sea Scouts BSA Ship 99, Steven Benner, Teresita Tere Diaz Londono, Tesei Petroleum, United Rentals, UC Merced Rotaract Club, US Department of Defense, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4327, Daughters of the American Revolution Merced River Chapter, John C. Fremont Elementary School Honor Choir, American Legion Post 83 Color Guard, and the People of Merced County.