By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Under a sunny blue sky May 20, the bright green field lined with nearly 200 large American Flags was dedicated for Flag City heroes just off Highway 51 North.
The Exchange Club officers of 2018-19, Katrina Skerritt (president), Chuck Hurt Jr. (president-elect), Leanna Dagen (secretary) and Rene Jones (treasurer), dedicated the field in front of several special guests.
The covenant of service stated accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchagites: To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals;
To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine;
To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my Country;
To implant the life-giving, society-building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationship;
To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings and greater opportunities for all.
After Rev. Ron Peck of First United Methodist Church gave the invocation, the Marine Corps League Detachment 476 presented the parade of colors. Millington Central High School graduate Sam Johnson performed the National Anthem.
Millington Chamber of Commerce executive director Terry Roland delivered the welcome. Then it was time for the flag folding ceremony by 476. Millington Mayor Terry Jones gave comments on behalf of the city. Then past president of the Exchange Club Ken Sullivan read the Covenant of Service.
The day of dedication concluded with the benediction from Lucy Baptist Church Pastor Hunter Ferguson.
The Field of Honor opened May 18 and will be on display until June 1. The field is open to the public Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Silver Sponsors are tiger Realty Jim Williams, Homer Skelton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram and Gold Sponsors Jack Tickle and Company, Homer Skelton Ford Millington, BancorpSouth and Ritter.