POMPTON PLAINS, NJ - To honor veterans who have served the country, and are currently in the Armed Forces, the Cedar Crest retirement community invites the public to come and witness a moving visual display of patriotism for one week from Tuesday, May 20th through Monday, May 26th. Please see moving video illustrating the scope of this majestic project in this YouTube video.
The Cedar Crest Field of Honor is a collection of more than 250 full-sized American flags on eight-foot poles that are draping the active-adult retirement community in red, white, blue and appreciation for our troops.
The display is running along Cedar Crest Village Drive, the community's main roadway. The towering flag poles are spaced out seven feet from one another for 1,100 feet. In addition, six rows of 12 flags will be placed in front of the Village Square Clubhouse, surrounding the campus' large American Flag.
For several months, Cedar Crest has been selling the flags to residents, staff and local businesses. Some of the proceeds are going to Emmaus for Veterans, a Morris County based non-profit organization that assists veterans and their families struggling from post-war affects.
Other proceeds will also go to support the Cedar Crest Resident Care Fund- which is a volunteer trust whereby residents donate money to help provide future financial support for residents who may find that they have exhausted their financial resources due to unforeseen circumstances such as long-term illness.
Sponsors have the option to personalize their flag by including a photo/biography of their loved one which will then be attached to the flagpole.
Tuesday, May 20th, Cedar Crest held a ceremony to officially open the Field of Honor, which included the reading of an official commendation from the New Jersey Legislature. Assemblyman Scott Rumana read the acclimation, which comes from him and his 40th District colleagues, Senator Kevin O'Toole and Assemblyman David Russo. The proclamation recognizes the entire Cedar Crest for community for this project.
Pequannock Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch was also in attendance, as well as Councilman David Kohle.
United States Congressional Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, who is currently in session in Washington, DC, could not attend, however, he sent a letter congratulating Cedar Crest on its undertaking.
The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Cedar Crest resident and World War II Navy Aviator/Flight Instructor Robert Krause.
In addition, the New Jersey ROTC Unit at Passaic High School Honor Guard posted the Nations' Colors and the Pequannock High School Marching Band performed along with the Cedar Crest Singers.
Cedar Crest resident Marge Bycheck also read the 1941 military poem High Flight, written by American Aviator and poet John Gillespie Magee, Jr., who died as a result of a mid-air collision during World War II.
Cedar Crest Executive Director Cathy Guttman said, "The Cedar Crest Field of Honor is a dramatic sight that sends a powerful message. It visually illustrates that we are a supportive community which recognizes our soldiers---past and present. I ask that when someone looks into the collection of flags that we have so proudly put on display, that they realize what the colors mean - not only for them personally, but to the Army soldier currently serving in Bagram, Afghanistan, one of the Marines defending our freedom in Jahrah, Kuwait, or the World War II veteran sitting on the front porch watching it go by in a parade this Memorial Day in Anytown, USA."
"There are roughly over 20 million veterans living in the United States and Cedar Crest alone is home to approximately 250," said Lauren Corrente, Cedar Crest philanthropy coordinator and Field of Honor event chair. "Not only do we have a large veteran population, but many of our friends, family and even staff members are currently serving to protect our country. Creating this project provides a fitting patriotic tribute to all of our service men and women who have, and continue to, serve the United States."
About Cedar Crest: Cedar Crest is one of 17 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 104 acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to more than 2,000 residents. Cedar Crest is the perfect northern New Jersey retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.
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