July 4th commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago. It’s a perfect time to celebrate patriotism, community, and to honor our soldiers lost fighting for our country.
Every two years Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut displays thousands of flags in honor and remembrance of the American men and women who’ve fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The site is truly amazing!
The Church, utilizing the Town Green adjacent to the church, started the “Fields of Flags” exhibit in 2009, but prior to this exhibit, the community posted the 1,000 names of those who’ve lost their lives in battle on the walls of the church. Wanting to do more for the soldiers, they started doing the Field of Flags exhibit every two years.
Now, the exhibit “Field of Flags” displays nearly 7,000 flags – one dedicated to each soldier. The flags represent gratitude, sorrow, peace, and hope. The flags were originally left out for July 4th weekend to revitalize the community’s patriotic spirit, but now they’re left out for 3 weeks and anybody is welcome to visit and pay their respects. “It is our way to mourn and never forget those who have given so much,” says Pastor Alida Ward.