It’s one of the largest community volunteer projects our area has ever seen. The wood, labels, lights, and everything in between are donated and that’s just part of what makes the Field of Heroes so special. Last year, this annual event received some national attention as NBC Nightly News sent a crew to Pocatello to feature it on their newscast.
This morning they began the process of setting up this massive display. Phil Campbell was there and tells us what it takes to put this on each year.
It’s hard to imagine a Memorial Day weekend without the Field of Heroes. You may not know this but it wasn’t always held in May and it hasn’t always been around.
“It’s a mother, a father, an aunt, uncle, sometimes a wife, children, every single marker represents an entire family that has sacrificed for our freedom,” said Heidi Young of the Field of Heroes. “And then you stand there and you look at it, you look at 6,000+ markers, it’s humbling. I don’t know how anybody can come out here and not be emotionally moved, especially the first time they come.”
Shortly after moving to Century High School, the Library of Congress asked for a video chronicle of the entire event. The video was produced locally and a few current and former members of the KPVI news team helped in the production process.
The video showed the painstaking detail and precision that goes into each and every cross that represents someone who paid the ultimate price. Five years later, NBC Nightly News sent a crew to the Gate City to show the nation this one of a kind tribute.
Now that the secret is out, organizers are anticipating that even more visitors will be including this in their Memorial Day plans.
It will take until Thursday to get everything in place and that they could always use some more volunteers. You don’t need to sign up; you can just come down to the soccer fields and they’ll put you to use.
The first Field of Heroes was presented on Veterans Day in November of 2004. It moved to the soccer fields at Century High School in 2006 where it is held every Memorial Day weekend.