Between barbecues and backyard parties, it's easy to lose sight of the true meaning behind the Memorial Day holiday. Memorial Day honors those who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. Military.

The Moonlighters Exchange Club, Exchange Club of Steele County, and Exchange Club of Owatonna are honoring local area heroes who have made a difference in lives with the presentation of the Field of Heroes, a temporary memorial display featuring 250 American flags Memorial Day Weekend in Owatonna.

Organizers at the national headquarters for the Colonial Flag Foundation, Healing Field of Honor programs were pleased when Field of Heroes Project Chair Annette Duncan requested approval for the flag display at Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric in Owatonna.

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Flags may be sponsored for $40 each and taken home at the end of the event to continue the tribute throughout the community and local area as they fly proudly at homes and businesses. Donations and flag sponsorships can be made here. Flag sponsorship may also be placed in person with Exchange club members or mailed to P.O. Box 763, Owatonna, MN  55060. Please include your name, contact information, and who the flag is in honor of with the donation.

Each flag will proudly bear the name of a hero chosen by a sponsor, allowing you to honor a loved one, a veteran, first responder, or any hero close to your heart. All proceeds will support Phase 2 of the Owatonna Veterans Memorial, ensuring it remains a lasting tribute to our veterans.

The opening program for the Field of Heroes will be Friday, May 24 at 6:00 pm, at Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric. distribution and sales will be conducted at the conclusion of the program.

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