Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags Honors Veterans and Active Military Personnel on Five Patriotic Holidays Each Year
Citizens for Milford has partnered with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army to organize the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags, a tribute acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel with a display of American flags to be placed in Draper Memorial Park on five patriotic holidays each year starting this Veterans Day.
For a $60 donation, you can sponsor a 3′ x 5′ American flag, standing tall on a 10′ staff, in Draper Memorial Park. Each flag will include a yellow ribbon with an attached card naming the person being honored, military branch, years of service, and sponsor’s name. You can choose to sponsor a flag in honor of a veteran (alive or deceased) or an active member of the military. You can also choose to sponsor a flag in honor of all our nation’s veterans.
The $60 donation sponsors a flag in Draper Park for all five of these patriotic holidays:
- Veterans Day
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
INCLUDE A PHOTO! Each flag sponsor is invited to send us a small photo of the person for whom the flag is honoring. We will be happy to laminate the photo and include it with the card that names the person being honored. A 3.5″ x 4″ sized photo is ideal. You may also send us the photo as a digital file. Please be sure to email that to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.
To sponsor a flag for the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags project, click here to print a copy of the Field of Flags Order Form. Be sure to complete the form and mail it to the address provided on the form with your $60 check made out to SALVATION ARMY. If you would like to include a photo of the honoree, please send that as well.
If you need to be mailed a copy of the form, please email us at CitizensforMilford@gmail.com.
Your $60 donation qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.
- Over 150 Milford residents, organizations, and businesses have sponsored flags since we launched this project for Veterans Day 2016. Our goal is to increase the number of flags displayed each holiday over time, hoping to eventually display over 200 flags.
- You may send a flag sponsorship form anytime, and your flag will go up on the next patriotic holiday.
- The Sponsorship Year begins in November with Veterans Day, followed by Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and ends in September with Labor Day.
- The $60 donation amount does not change based on when you sponsor a flag. For example, the donation is $60 even if you choose to sponsor a flag at the end of the Sponsorship Year just for Labor Day.
- No matter when you send your donation, you will receive a form by email or U.S. mail after Labor Day inviting you to renew for another year.
- The flag and staff will remain the property of The Salvation Army in Milford and will be removed at the end of each holiday.
- If you would like to sponsor more than one flag, please complete a separate form for each flag; however, you can send one check for the total amount ($60 for each flag). For example, if you choose to sponsor two flags, then please write a check for $120.
Draper Memorial Park occupies a triangle of land in the downtown Milford area, located at the intersection of Congress Street and Main Street. The park features monuments that list the names of veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Standing tall in the park is the statue of General William Franklin Draper by sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose work also includes the massive marble statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The care and management of Draper Memorial Park falls under the authority of the Milford Parks Commission and Milford Veterans Services. Citizens for Milford is grateful for both office’s enthusiastic support for this project. Thank you!
The Field of Flags project extends the Salvation Army’s ongoing “Fly the Flag” initiative, which places flags on the front lawns of homes and businesses throughout Milford and Hopedale every Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. To learn more about the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army, visit their website.
Citizens for Milford is also grateful to the Milford Junior Woman’s Club and Montgomery Lodge for their help in placing and removing the flags each holiday.