The 15th Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally will be held on July 24th, 25th and 26th at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello, Idaho.
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The Idaho Field of Heroes Memorial is a one of a kind tribute to every service member who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11. As of April 20th, 2015 that number totals 6,832. On Memorial Day weekend, the soccer fields at Century High School are transformed into a temporary memorial resembling national cemeteries such as Arlington in Washington DC. Each marker is handmade, painted and affixed with the name, rank and the date of death of an American Service Member who paid the ultimate price. The markers are carefully placed into the ground, and once the field has been constructed it is dedicated as hallowed ground and open to the public for those who wish to come pay their respects at no charge.
The Field of Heroes was starting in 2004 by John Rogers, a Vietnam Veteran who wanted to help the public understand the cost of war. In 2009 John turned the Field over to the Bannock County Veterans Services due to the size and increasing efforts it took to construct the field. In 2012, the field was visited by NBC Nightly News and was featured on the Memorial Day Broadcast. To view that go to: http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/26/11897204-the-beauty-in-the-details-idahos-field-of-heroes?lite
Staying with the tradition of honoring those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom on Memorial Day weekend, the Idaho Field of Heroes Memorial committee would like to announce some upcoming changes to the design of the Field beginning in 2016. This change comes as a direct response to the ending of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We are currently conducting research to identify all Idahoans who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. While the exact format has yet to be defined, we do know that after this year we will shift our focus from honoring those nationwide who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan; to honoring those statewide who have lost their lives in service to our country. For those who have not experienced the Field, we would highly encourage them to come out this year as it will be different next year.
All materials for this memorial are donated or purchased with contributions from the community. It takes a substantial amount of volunteer hours to construct the field and take it down. Construction will begin on the morning of Monday, May 18th and will continue through the evening of Thursday, May 21st. Lunch and dinner are provided for volunteers. On Friday, May 22nd a Dedication Ceremony will be held and the field will then be open for the public to visit at no charge. There will be a variety of ceremonies and activities throughout the weekend. The field will remain open through Memorial Day and will conclude with Closing Ceremonies that evening. Beginning the morning of Tuesday, May 26th, volunteers will return to the field to take it down and prepare it for storage until next year. For a complete list of all activities and events, please go to our Facebook page: Idaho Field of Heroes Memorial and like us. For more information please contact Hiedi Young (208)608-3888 or Melissa Hartman (208)282-4245
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Monday May 18th – 21st
• 8am-8pm Field construction
Friday May 22nd
• 10am Dedicatory Ceremony
• 6pm Youth Ceremony
Flag Folding Ceremony
Saturday May 23rd
• 1pm Children’s Activities
• 2pm USO Show
• 7pm Flag Folding Ceremony
Sunday May 24th
• 7pm Flag Folding Ceremony
• 8pm Silent Wounds Candlelight Ceremony
Monday May 25th
• 5:45pm POW*MIA Thunder Run Tribute
• 6pm Closing Ceremonies
Tuesday May 26th
• 8am-done Field take-down
The POW*MIA Association be gathering at 10:30am at Century High School for our annual Thunder Run. This has become a hallmark event for our association. The ride travels to; Lava Hot Springs, Chubbuck, and Pocatello. We will “flag up” the motorcycles and perform flag ceremonies for Memorial Day Ceremonies at all locations. This includes visit to our Heroes on the Hill at the Pocatello Veterans Home and concludes with a visit to the Idaho Field of Heroes for their Closing Ceremonies. Come join us and witness the true meaning of Memorial Day.