LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Hundreds of American flags were displayed at Cornerstone Park in Henderson for Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices made by those who served our country.

The Field of Honor event was held Monday morning with many in attendance. During the event, there were speeches and renditions of the National Anthem and God Bless America to taps and bagpipes. 

8 News Now spoke with Vietnam Navy veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient, Michael Morisoli, who said days like this weigh heavy on him as he thinks about those who didn’t make it back.

“When you join and sign that paper it gives everything including your life,” Morisoli said. “My high school buddies who didn’t come back and other friends in my battalion that didn’t come back. I could be one of them, but the lord watched over me and I made it.” 

In honor of those lost, nearly 500 American flags were put on display at Cornerstone Park as part of what has become an annual tradition. Those in attendance included active duty military, veterans, and local, state, and national leaders.

Jim Frey with the Rotary Club of Green Valley held the first ceremony nearly five years ago and it has since grown into a major Memorial Day event across the valley. This year they had help from the U.S.O and the City of Henderson.

“The display has a message in and of itself,” Frey said. “A service that remembers the contributions of various military personnel over the years and it has become a very nice event.”

The flags will be flying through Tuesday though their significance will never go away. 

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