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Field of Valor memorial service in Niceville

OKALOOSA COUNTY - Hundreds of American flags are flying at the Mullet Festival Grounds in Okaloosa County.  It's part of Niceville's Field of Valor Memorial which pays tribute to military members who died in the line of duty since September 11th.  The Niceville Exchange Club organized the event.

348 flags sit in this field, each one honoring some of Florida's bravest men and women.

The field of valor pays tribute to service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"It's just one of the small tributes we owe to these brave young men and women that have served and gave everything for our country" said Col. William Moomaw, Retired Air Force.

It took several hours to set up the flagpoles perfectly in sync with each other.
Each flagpole has a tag on it, telling who the flag represents, that person's rank, and how they died.
On a handful of these tags, the hometowns are familiar.
At least a dozen local soldiers are honored in the field of valor.
Including staff sergeant Jesse Thomas of Pensacola,
And sergeant first class William Lacey of Niceville.

"More people should take just a few minutes to come by and walk through and see the flags and read some of the names and see how some of them died for them" said Janet Moomaw, Niceville Exchange Club.

The flags will remain in place through next Saturday.