Field of Honor
Bowie Launches Field of Honor for Heroes and Helpers
The Stars and Stripes remind us of who we are as a people. They remind us that freedom is not free. Life is precious and can be taken from us at any time for many reasons. Our flag also reminds us that America's strength comes from its unity-- a unity symbolized by the Stars and Stripes.
Bowie’s Field of Honor debuted on Friday, May 28 at Sussex Lane Park and will remain on display until June 6. The park will be filled with United States flags dedicated in honor of veterans, active military, professions that have helped during the pandemic, other helpers, and loved ones lost.
Since the dedication ceremony had to be canceled due to weather, Mayor Timothy Adams recorded a video message about Memorial Day. View it here.
We invite you to walk among the field of flags and remember those that have gone before us as we honor our shared legacy of service, freedom and equality for all Americans. For more information,.
*Sussex Lane Park is the open area between Sussex Lane and Annapolis Road, located across from Bowie High School.
This display of 150 or more flags will be a patriotic tribute to Americans who have lost their lives in service to our country. The display will also honor active duty and retired military who have served our country, or others who have served in some way.
Each flag will tell a story
A dedication card will accompany each flag. Through their dedications, participants:
- Honor a loved one who is, or was, a veteran or who serves in the military.
- Honor a profession, such as medical providers or public safety officials who have helped us through the pandemic.
- Honor an individual or group that provides support or assistance to the community.
- Honor the memory of a person who lost their life in service to their country, to COVID or to other illness or tragedy.
We hope that you will pause and remember the heroes and helpers honored there and take some time to walk among the flags and read the dedication accompanying each one.
The Field of Honor will be located in an open space between Annapolis Road and Sussex Lane, across from Bowie High School. Parking will be available on Sussex Lane.
When the display ends, dedicated flags can be picked up at City Hall beginning on Tuesday, June 8, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
To see a map of where certain flags are, click here.