Sharing stories amid the flags on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2021 (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
November 18, 2021WOLFEBORO — The Winnipesaukee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's (DAR) Field of Flags event went "way beyond our imagination," according to Chairman Nancy Mershon Black. The group thought it might sell 400 flags, but enthusiasm was so strong, the number increased to 1,000 in no time.
Black says she visited Brewster's DeWolfe Field each day and in doing so, was privy to heartwarming stories of visitors and a number of the veterans honored by family members, friends and neighbors. "The event encouraged people to learn more about their family members – what branch of service, what rank - it got people talking," she shared. "People were honored." And the DAR was honored as well by the emotional connections, she said.
Veterans were represented from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War, and included the fifteen soldiers who died in the airport in Afghanistan. Military dogs were remembered as well.
Visitors walked along the alphabetically arranged rows with cameras in hand, searching for those they had chosen to honor this year. Crouching low, they touched their flags and bent in remembrance.
Field of Flags was a time for the sharing of stories with family and between strangers, united in the purpose of honoring those who went forward into service.
"Initially, we were not planning this as an annual event. We had no idea of the response it would get," said Black, "but now we plan to do it again next year."
The DAR is a non-profit, non- political volunteer women's service organization founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information on the 75 member Winnipesaukee DAR chapter, visit winnipesaukee.nhsodar.org.