Loading Events
Share This
  • This event has passed.

Plano Flags of Honor by Rotary Club of Plano East

Recurring event see all

November 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 6:00 pm

Plano Flags of Honor

PLEASE NOTE THAT TODAY 11/10/2021, THE FLAGS WILL BE REMOVED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT. THEY WILL BE BACK UP ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021.

An Expression of Gratitude

A field of over 1,000 3′ x 5′ American Flags will express our gratitude to our veterans and first responders. Each flag tells the story of heroes whose lives were devoted in service to others, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

We will honor family members, friends and neighbors whose service and sacrifices have allowed all of us to be safe and enjoy freedoms many in other lands cannot enjoy.  By honoring them through this display, we are creating a visual expression of our gratitude to those who serve, present and past, living and deceased, while raising money for their causes.

The motto of Rotary is “Service above Self”.  Our Veterans and First Responders live this motto every day.

Come and Reflect

2017 was the first year for the Plano Flags of Honor.  No one knew what to expect, but the profound impact of the event was felt by all in attendance. Make time to come, reflect and say thank you.

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys all week for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive and Police Christmas Cops.  


Schedule:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH  

  • It’s finally here! Hot Air Balloon tethered ride is on today from 6:00-8:00!  Rumor has it there might be up to 12 balloons tonight!
  • Opening Ceremony 12:00 p.m. Students from Wells and Schell Elementary will march to the cadence provided by members of the Dallas Police Department Pipe and Drums Corp. The students will perform the Armed Services Medley and Star Spangled Banner, The Plano East JROTC Panther Battalion will present colors and provide a drill exhibition, all will be followed by cookies and coffee with Veterans. 
  • The 45th Infantry Living Historians will be at the field throughout the day in period uniforms.
  • Camp Howse MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Assocation) will have a WWII military jeep and armored scout car on display. 
  • Frisco Memorial High School will have a Note to a Hero station set up where children and adults can write a note to a veteran or first responder.  These will be delivered to veterans overseas and local first responders.
  • 3:45 Perfomance by Ladies Liberty
  • 6:15 The Harding-Blaine American Legion Post 321 Color Guard will retire colors, perform taps and a gun salute.  
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m   New this year!!!  Hot Air Balloon tethered ride to see the flags from above.  This is provided by a 3rd party who will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Plano Flags of Honor.  Cost $20 per person.  This activity is dependent on the weather.  Please check this page as well as our facebook page for updates.  
  • We will also be streaming through out the day.  

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH 

  • Frisco Memorial High School will have a Note to a Hero station set up where children and adults can write a note to a veteran or first responder.  These will be delivered to veterans overseas and local first responders.
  • 3:45 p.m. Performance by Ladies Liberty
  • 5:15 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 291 to share with us proper flag etiquete and how to properly retire the American Flag, followed by The Harding-Blaine American Legion Post 321 Color Guard Thirteen Flag Fold ceremony. 
  • 5:30 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 291 will retire colors followed by taps and a gun salute provided by The Harding-Blaine American Legion Post 321 Color Guard.  The public is welcome to bring any flags that are in need of retirement.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m   New this year!!!  Hot Air Balloon tethered ride to see the flags from above.  This is provided by a 3rd party who will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Plano Flags of Honor.  Cost $20 per person.  This activity is dependent on the weather.  Please check this page as well as our facebook page for updates.  
  • We will also be streaming through out the day.  

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH  

  • Virtual programs

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

  • Virtual programs 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

  • Marine Corps Birthday
  • 11:45 – 1:00 Prisoner of War Medal Presentation in honor of First Lieutenant William Jennings Bryan Duncan by Congressman Van Taylor.
  • The Harding-Blaine American Legion Post 321 Color Guard will present colors for the presentation.   
  • Virtual Programs  

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

  • Veterans Day Observance
  • 11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  In Person and Virtual Rotary Meeting to honor Veterans in our Rotary Clubs as well as those in our community.  This will be both in person and livestream.  Please follow us on FACEBOOK to watch the livestream. 
  • 5:15 p.m. The Harding-Blaine American Legion Post 321 Color Guard will present colors and at dusk will retire the colors, share with us the meaing of the 13 flag folds, and end the evening with taps and a gun salute.  
  • Virtual Programs  

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH

  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m   New this year!!!  Hot Air Balloon tethered ride to see the flags from above.  This is provided by a 3rd party who will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Plano Flags of Honor.  Cost $20 per person.  This activity is dependent on the weather.  Please check this page as well as our facebook page for updates.  
  • Virtual programs

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

  • First Responder Day 
  • Frisco Memorial High School will have a Note to a Hero station set up where children and adults can write a note to a veteran or first responder.  These will be delivered to veterans overseas and local first responders.
  • 3:00 p.m. Static Display of First Responder vehicle/equipment
  • Patriot Paws will be onsite with service dogs in training 
  • 4:45 p.m. Plano Police Chief and retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army, Ed Drain 
  • 5:30 p.m. taps and gun salute  
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m   New this year!!!  Hot Air Balloon tethered ride to see the flags from above.  This is provided by a 3rd party who will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Plano Flags of Honor.  Cost $20 per person.  This activity is dependent on the weather.  Please check this page as well as our facebook page for updates.  
  • Virtual Programs

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH

  • 12:00-4:00 p.m. Flag takedown and Dedication Card pick up

On each flag hangs a dedication card that reflects the service given by the honoree.  Each card tells the story of heroes whose lives were devoted in service to their fellow man. From the Civil War to the present, all are represented.

Walk through a field of silent reflection.   Experience a sense of unity while reading the stories of our hereos along with others of all ages, colors and creeds.  

Hear the haunting sound of TAPS at dusk and experience the reverence of walking the field at night when the flags seem to reach out and tell their own stories.

Take home a profound feeling of thank you for those that served or are currently serving to protect our way of life.

Free
2801 E Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website
Share This