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Field of Flags in Vernon represent soldiers who made ultimate sacrifice

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VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

Motorists driving through Vernon will notice thousands of flags in a field that represent the lives of all the soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Organizers have set up what they are calling a "Field of Flags" on the front lawn of the First Congregational Church, located on Route 30.

"When you look at them its stunning, but sad at the same time," said Linda Shivers of the First Congregational Church.

The concept was started by the Somers Congregational Church about seven years ago and the field has been recreated at more than 50 churches throughout the country.

"Each flag here represents a family, a family who is in tears, that's devastated by what's happened to their loved one who was serving our country," said Shivers, who helped bring the display to the First Congregational Church.

When the display was first created in Somers, there were just over 2,000 flags. In 2012, the field consists of 6,583. Of those flags, 33 of them represent Connecticut soldiers.

"Now, we can see exactly what it means, when we see all those flags," said veteran Gary Alan Jones. "To know that it represents one person, each flag, it's very touching."

The "Field of Flags" will be up until Sept. 16.

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