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Field Of American Flags In Northampton Honors Local Heroes

Lodge of Elks No. 997

Almost 200 American flags are in a solemn array on a field in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The Northampton Lodge of Elks No. 997 is hosting the display on its property on Spring Street.

Each 3-foot by 5-foot flag honors a specific person.

The display is part of a national program called “Field of Honor”   It originated with the Colonial Flag Company remembering the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  There are now about 100 such programs annually across the country. This is the inaugural year in Northampton.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Don Rippetoe, who is the president of the Elks Lodge in Northampton.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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