Field of Honor dates set

Madeline Hughes, Andover Townsman, Mass.
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Apr. 15—The Exchange Club of Lawrence and the Andovers will offer its third Annual Field of Honor, displaying 500 American Flags on the North Andover Town Common.

The flags laid in honor and memorial will be on display from May 22 through June 13, recognizing both Memorial Day and Flag Day.

People are encouraged to dedicate a flag to someone who has served their country or community — Andover, Lawrence or North Andover. Typically, most dedications are in honor or memory of veterans and people currently serving in the armed forces. However, this year, like last year, people have an opportunity to also recognize and dedicate flags to those on the frontlines of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Rick Blain, the event chairperson.

The coordinators extended the Field of Honor to three weeks at the request of many who participated in last year's event, he said. They estimate that some 1,000 people visited the Field of Honor last year, with all 500 flags being purchased and dedicated, Blain said.

Flags may be purchased and/or dedicated for a $45.00 contribution on the website exchangecluboflawrenceandtheandovers.org or xcflags.org. People may also purchase a flag by sending a check, with the dedication to the Exchange Club 30 Massachusetts Ave. North Andover, MA 01845 or by telephoning either Rick Blain at 508-523-3086 or Bob Wescott at 978-375-6217.