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Opening Ceremonies Held at Field Of Honor

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It was a day of remembrance at the Field of Honor's opening ceremonies in Butte on Thursday. Folks all came together for a common purpose.

Field of Honor volunteer coordinator Doug Rotundi said, "It's to promote healing for those who lost their loved ones in the attacks on our soil. It’s to promote healing and closure for those that we've lost in the Iraqi and Afghani wars. It’s also to honor our family and friends either living or dead. So we're here to honor them. We’re here to show respect for America."

Song and salutation was the tune of the ceremony. War heroes took to the podium to speak about their experiences. One of those heroic tales came from retired Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Parker. He lost some of his limbs protecting our country.

"On December eleventh of 2010 while on a routine foot patrol, I stepped on an improvised explosive device. This, resulting in the traumatic amputation of my right leg, slightly above the knee, my left leg all the way up the hip and my index finger, middle finger ring finger, pinky being amputated off my left hand," Parker said.

Parker said that having an event like this is important for Americans to appreciate the sacrifices that are made for us to enjoy our freedom and liberties.

"It’s important as an American to realize the sacrifice that is given before you and to honor the military, because that's the only reason we're able to live our lives. When I look at the flag, I don't just see a piece of cloth with stars and stripes on it."

But stars and stripes are not the only flags standing at the field of honor. Blue and white flags also blow in the wind to honor the victims of child abuse. Meegan Bryce, who works with abused children, stood up and shared her own personal story of abuse. She said that she's happy child abuse victims are receiving this recognition.

"They’re my heroes the same as many of the fallen soldiers have been for many others and so the humble the humble way that they take on life and the things that they teach us all and their strength and their perseverance is something well worth being honored," Bryce said.

For the next three days, flags will continue to waive as a symbol of the bravery and sacrifices made in America. Closing ceremonies for the field of honor will begin Sunday, July 6 at two p.m.

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