Fields of Flags display honors fallen heroes

On Saturday, June 20, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, will begin its exhibit of “Field of Flags” which is free and open to the public. This is a display of more than 7,000 flags remembering American men and women who have given their lives during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the last exhibit at Greenfield Hill in June 2013, 129 more Americans as of this date have made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard our freedom. The flags — one dedicated to each soldier — will be placed next to the church to honor those Americans who have fallen in these conflicts.

The Fairfield community is cordially invited to participate in the planting of the flags Saturday, June 20, from 9-noon and again to take them down on Saturday, July 11, from 9-noon. Volunteers and instructions will be available at the site to assist members of the community with the planting process within the design of the overall exhibit.

The list of casualties, by name, will be displayed on a name board by the Field of Flags showing the name and rank of each American casualty. A notebook will also be kept in the church building with the name, rank, town, state and date of death of each American casualty.

The Field of Flags is a silent, patriotic and poignant reminder of the cost of war. Each flag represents not simply one casualty, but all the family members and friends who have been touched by that life now gone. They represent our respect for those individuals who have served and are currently serving in the military, as well as our hope for peace in the future.

The idea for the Field of Flags originated in the Somers Congregational Church in Somers, CT. and has travelled to twelve states and sixty-five churches of many denominations. This is the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s fourth time exhibiting the field of flags.

Further, on Sunday July 5, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, the service will be both a celebration of our nation’s birth and a remembrance of these soldiers with a sermon by Revered David Rowe titled, “Our Field of Flags.”

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church welcomes all visitors to view the exhibit and asks people to pray for the safety of all of our troops and for the families of the fallen heroes. For more information on this exhibit, contact Greenfield Hill Congregational Church at 203-259-5596 or [email protected]

About Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is located at 1045 Old Academy Rd, Fairfield, and was founded in 1725 and has grown to a membership of almost 1000 members. Led by Rev. Dr. David Rowe and Rev. Dr. Alida Ward, the church is a vibrant and effective community with the feel of a small town. Members come from many religious backgrounds and find their church home at Greenfield Hill where they are greeted with the respect and encouragement needed to grow a “can-do” spirit. With a very active mission serving others from their own backyard to halfway around the world and through a very lively Sunday school, legendary youth work, and numerous volunteer opportunities, anything is possible within the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

For more information, visit or,, email [email protected] or call 203.259.5596.

Photo by Tony Hwang.

Photo by Tony Hwang.

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