As you drive by Madison Park later this weekend, you will be seeing a transformation of the park into a “Field of Honor” as 1,000 American Flags will be posted in honor of all Veterans, diseased and living. The Quincy Exchange Club had hoped to erect the "Field of Honor" last weekend but inclement weather forced it's postponement to this weekend. This year marks the 5th consecutive year it will be on display .

This beautiful panorama of red, white and blue will greet visitors day and night.  The display, which is free of charge, is a wonderful site during the day, but most people seem to enjoy the illuminated Field of Honor during the evenings.

The first two years the display was held at the Illinois Veteran's Home grounds, but construction forced the Exchange Club to move it to John Wood Community College at 48th and Harrison in Quincy for the third year. The Exchange Club has since decided to periodically move it to a different location. This is the second year for the Madison Park location.

All are invited to visit the "Field of Honor" display to support the Quincy Exchange Club in presenting an event that will draw area residents together honoring those who have served us to protect our freedom.  The "Field of Honor" flag display event and the "Flags of Honor" neighborhood flag display program promote the display of the Stars and Stripes throughout the Quincy community.

Speaking of "Flags of Honor", if you would like to purchase a subscription for a Christmas present, the Exchange Club can provide a very nice gift certificate that they can wrap for giving. The certificates will be available at the display this weekend. The cost is only $30 to have one of the American Flags placed on your property during four different holidays. With 1,000 flags available for subscription, the proceeds will go to the club’s projects - like the recent purchase of the Freedom Gallery at Quincy Senior High School.

In coming years, the Exchange Club plans to put Freedom Galleries at the five new elementary schools, as well as at Quincy Notre Dame and the all parochial schools.