When asked what people could learn from WWII veterans, Malan replied, “That freedom ain’t free.”
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The American flags that have been placed in the lawn by volunteers are more than just a patriotic symbol. Each flag was sponsored by either a company or individual and the proceeds gathered from this year’s field will go to Feed Our Heroes, Wagging Warriors and the Urbana VFW Post. Funds raised through sponsorship and flag sales over the past seven years total more than $35,000.
“It’s also our way to give back to our local veterans,” Lewis said.
The Honor Field will remain up until June 14.